Framed by two bronze snakes with gaping mouths and thin, erect bodies, the base of this mirror is formed by the coiled tails of the reptiles in a gesture that is highly characteristic of art nouveau taste. The symbolic theme of the serpent, associated with the female figure, is another constant element in Lalique’s work and is well represented in the Gulbenkian Collection, not only in jewellery pieces but also in a range of other objects. As a reproduction from a magazine of the period makes clear, this piece made a strong impression on visitors to the artist's studio in his house on Cours la Reine. Later, it would come to form part of the bedroom furnishings in Calouste Gulbenkian’s Paris house.


  • Title: ‘Snake’ Mirror
  • Creator: René Lalique
  • Date Created: c. 1899-1900
  • Location Created: France
  • Physical Dimensions: H. 169 cm
  • Medium: Bronze frame

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