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    Written by: Michael Dalby 12/22/2008 6:21 AM 

    altarpiece  If you have visited the Cleveland Museum of Arts current exhibit, Artistic Luxury, you have seen the amazing work of French craftsman Rene Lalique (1860-1945). He is best known for his small-scale jewelry and glassware, but some of the greatest works of his later years were big architectural pieces, the most ambitious of all being the vast first class dining room of the SS Normandie, the finest transatlantic liner ever built. He received commissions from the great fashion leaders and patrons of his day. One of his greatest works can be found in a very ordinary looking church on the small Channel Island of Jersey, a hundred miles south of the English coast. Commissioned in 1932 by his neighbor and friend Florence Boot (1863-1952) to memorialize her husband, Lalique created many glass pieces for St. Matthew's Church, Millbrook, St Lawrence, including this altarpiece and a baptismal font. Read more in the December 2008 issue of The Magazine Antiques, available in the Fine Arts Department.

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