Selection of Scent Bottles by René Lalique dating from 1912 to 1920. Private Collection Photo courtesy Broadfield House Glass Museum.

The Frenchmen Emile Gallé (1846-1904) and René Lalique (1860-1945) were two of the greatest glassmakers the world has ever known. Gallé was the founder of the Art Nouveau style in cameo glass with his mysterious, moody and surreal images of nature. Lalique, also inspired by nature, used it as a graphic designer to create some of the most iconic, sophisticated and chic images of the Art Deco period.

Victor Arwas Lalique London: Academy Editions, 1980
Victor Arwas The Art of Glass: Art Nouveau to Art Deco London: Papadakis Publisher, 1996
Patricia Bayer & Mark Waller The Art of René Lalique London: Quarto Publishing,
1988 & 1996
Philippe Garner Emile Gallé London: Academy Editions, 1976
Philippe Garner Glass 1900: Gallé, Tiffany, Lalique London: Thames & Hudson, 1979
Eric Knowles  Lalique Oxford: Shire Publications, 2011
Tony L. Mortimer Lalique: Jewellery and Glassware London: Octopus,1989
Tim Newark  Emile Gallé London: Quintet Publishing, 1989
William Warmus  Dreams into Glass New York: Corning Museum of Glass, 1984
William Warmus The Essential René Lalique New York: Harry N Abrams Inc, 2003

One of the leading authorities on glass in Britain, Charles Hajdamach was for 23 years the Director of Broadfield House Glass Museum in Kingswinford, Stourbridge which became one of the top glass museums in the world. He lectures on glass internationally including New Zealand, Australia, America, Canada, Ireland and Spain, and became a NADFAS lecturer in 2005. He has written the two standard works on British glass of the 19th and 20th centuries. In 2000 he was elected a Fellow of the Society of Glass Technology for services to glass and glassmaking.

Charles R Hajdamach British Glass 1800-1914 Woodbridge: Antique Collectors' Club 1991
Charles R Hajdamach 20th Century British Glass Woodbridge: Antique Collectors' Club 2009