Art: Lalique

Wingen, in Alsace, is a one-factory town near the Maginot Line. Last month Wingen was evacuated. From Paris hurried short, scholarly, white-mustached René Lalique, now 79 and ailing, to salvage his irreplaceable molds. He found his factory's fires out, soldiers at its gate. "No one goes in here," they told him. Sick at heart, Glassmaker Lalique went back to Paris. Closed, possibly forever, was a glassworks which combined art with the assembly line.

At the Paris Exposition of 1900, René Lalique was acclaimed the leading jeweler of France. Craftsmanship in jewelry meant working for...

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