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Antiques Roadshow expert Eric Knowles puts spotlight on René Lalique for lecture at All Saints Community Centre in Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield

By Sutton Coldfield Observer  |  Posted: April 05, 2014

By Helen Draycott

LALIQUE LECTURE: Antiques expert Eric Knowles will be swapping pottery for glass when he gives a talk at All Saints Community Centre in Four Oaks next week.

LALIQUE LECTURE: Antiques expert Eric Knowles will be swapping pottery for glass when he gives a talk at All Saints Community Centre in Four Oaks next week.

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MEMBERS of a Sutton art group will put a television antiques expert in the frame when he gives a special presentation on a famous glass designer in Sutton next week.

Eric Knowles, an expert on the BBC programme Antiques Roadshow, will be casting his critical eye over the work of famous French glass designer René Lalique at All Saints Community Centre in Four Oaks on Wednesday, April 9.

The talk, which will start at the Belwell Lane venue at 2.15pm, will form the April lecture of Sutton Coldfield Decorative and Fine Arts Society.

The expert will be telling members of the group how Lalique's innovative work and use of unconventional materials – principally glass – combined with his beautiful and elegant designs, made him the leading jewellery designer of the Art Nouveau period between 1890 and 1914.

Although a Frenchman and working in Paris, René – who went on to influence jewellery fashions – studied at Sydenham College from 1878 to 1880, and later began to incorporate novel and inexpensive materials, including enamels, semi-precious stones and later glass, into his unique designs. In his later career he achieved further fame through his designs for perfume bottles, vases and other glass works of art.

He died in 1945, but his legacy lives on, with museums around the world featuring his work.

Visitors are welcome to Wednesday's lecture. The entry fee for non-members is £7 and is payable on the door. However, seating is limited so anyone wishing to attend is asked to call 0121 353 3254 beforehand.

Anyone who would like to find out more information about the arts is welcome to join Sutton Coldfield Decorative and Fine Arts Society, which meets monthly for audio visual presentations by expert and entertaining lecturers.

More details can be found on the group's website, www.suttoncoldfielddfas.org.uk

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