René Lalique (1860-1945) was a French designer and master glassmaker who is known for his innovative and beautiful Art Nouveau and Art Deco glassware, jewelry, and perfume bottles. He began his career as an apprentice at the age of 16 and later worked for several of the top French jewelry houses of his time. Lalique established his own glassworks in 1905 and began producing glassware that was characterized by its delicate and intricate designs, often incorporating elements of nature such as flowers and animals. He also collaborated with several perfume houses, designing their bottles and packaging. Lalique’s work was highly influential and he became one of the most celebrated glassmakers of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods. Today, his pieces are highly sought after by collectors and museums around the world.