René Lalique's Secret Jewelry Collection with Estela Mendes - Context Travel

René Lalique's Secret Jewelry Collection with Estela Mendes


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Known as a glass designer, René Lalique began his career as a jewelry maker, eventually becoming one of the most important designers of the Art Nouveau Movement, designing jewelry for the Parisian demimonde. His love for nature and his rebellion against the established aesthetic of the late 19th century, made him look for different themes and materials compared to established jewelry shops like Cartier. A new look of modernity was emerging with different worldviews and Lalique would become part of this new aesthetic.

Similar to René Lalique, Calouste Gulbenkian had a passion for nature and art and the two kept a friendship for decades. While living in Paris, Gulbenkian acquired over 170 jewelry pieces from Lalique and some glass work as well. This collection is displayed in the Museum of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, established in Lisbon in 1956.

Led by art historian Estela Mendes, this interactive seminar will take us from the late nineteenth century to the beginning of the twentieth century, when Art Nouveau emerges as a different aesthetic, where nature and women take center stage in this universe of senses and symbols. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will learn the intriguing story of a groundbreaking artist who captured the essence of an era.

Estela Mendes is an art historian with a MA in Museum Studies. Her research background is in Costume Design. Born and raised in Lisbon, she has been teaching about the beauty of the world for the past 15 years. After working in national palaces in Portugal, Estela moved to London where she spent 5 years working at museums like Buckingham Palace, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the British Museum, and the National Portrait Gallery, where she has delivered gallery talks focusing on Fashion. In Portugal she created a company of Costume Hiring and Historical Re-enactments working with Museums, Opera Companies, Theatre, and Film.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Lalique fan

Estela shared beautiful pieces of Lalique’s jewelry and really took me inside his creativity and position in the art and jewelry world.

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K.B.

Superb presentation - was surprised that more people didn't attend. Fascinating history of Lalique and Gulbenkian as well as gorgeous objects.

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Enlightening, educational, fascinating, graphically good, etc

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F.

This was my first experience with Context Travel and I really enjoyed it!

J
J.

Estela was very well informed and engaged. Her graphics were great.

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
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(7)
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M
M.
Lalique fan

Estela shared beautiful pieces of Lalique’s jewelry and really took me inside his creativity and position in the art and jewelry world.

K
K.B.

Superb presentation - was surprised that more people didn't attend. Fascinating history of Lalique and Gulbenkian as well as gorgeous objects.

I
I.

Enlightening, educational, fascinating, graphically good, etc

F
F.

This was my first experience with Context Travel and I really enjoyed it!

J
J.

Estela was very well informed and engaged. Her graphics were great.