We Buy Lalique


We are active buyers of Lalique and other fine crystal. Below you will find some important information about your Lalique including values, packing tips and how our buying process works. Thanks for visiting and considering our services. We look forward to serving you. If you have questions that are not answered here, feel free to call us at 630-761-1500.


A bit of Lalique history


René Lalique 1860-1945 was both an artist and a businessman. At 16 he apprenticed to a jeweler, Louis Aucoc. He also studied art in college. By 1900 he was a leading jeweler of his time. He was a freelance designer to many French jewelry companies as well as designing for famous clients. He increasingly used glass in his jewelry designs and eventually moved from jewelry making to glassworks. His credits included awards at numerous exhibitions and World's Fairs.


René Lalique initially manufactured his glass at a factory in Combs-la-Ville. In 1921 a new factory was opened in Wingen-sur-Moder which is still in use by the Lalique Company today. During his career, he would create over 1500 glass designs including clocks, mascots (hood ornaments), paperweights, statues, lamps and light fixtures, vases, dishes, stemware, fountains, perfume bottles and much more. He also included a variety of finishing techniques such as enameling, painting, polishing and frosting.


He opened a retail store at Place Vendome in Paris in 1905 which happened to be near a store of perfumer François Coty. He first designed labels and the bottles for Françios Coty's perfumes. He turned what had been an ordinary flask holding expensive perfume into an art object.


After his death, his son Marc Lalique took over the company and did away with glass replacing it with lead crystal. He made many of his own designs as well as manufacturing crystal versions of many of his father's designs. Marc's daughter, Marie Claude Lalique took over in 1977. Her innovations included a frosting technique that could be used even on large scale production items.


Today Cristal Lalique designs are still in demand among discriminating consumers.


What are Lalique pieces worth?


We understand that before you bring in or mail in your items you will have concerns on the value. Here is some sample Lalique pricing.


In addition to how rare or common a piece is, several other factors will affect the value.


  • Condition of the piece. While a damaged piece is no longer considered mint, some will still hold value. Check your items carefully for condition. First check for chips both visually and by feeling the edges. Then check for other damage. Not all damage is readily seen at first glance. To help illustrate how easy it is to miss damage at first glance, here are a few examples of damage to figurines.


  • Condition of the box and packaging. The highest value of course will come with mint and clean figurines that have perfect original box as well as all of the original packaging, tags and inserts.


  • Size of the piece. Generally the larger ones are more valuable than the smaller ones.


  • Detail. Generally the more complex, delicate and/or fancy the detail the more valuable the piece.


    What we pay


    On larger and less common pieces, our goal is to pay half the estimated resale value for items that resell for $25 or more. We buy all kinds of Waterford both with and without original boxes. The condition of both the packaging and the item will of course affect its value.


    How our buying process works


    We are not a consignment business. We buy your items outright.


    If your want to bring them in, we recommend that you Make an Appointment , so that we can have a buyer available to help you. There is no need to list your items, but if you have more than one brand or product line it helps to sort them that way. Our buyer will go through your items, give you pricing and in most cases get a check cut for you during your appointment.


    If, like most people, you wish to mail them in, we recommend you read our packing tips for fragile items. After that, fill out our form to get things started and let us know your items are coming. If you have enough to qualify for free shipping, we will get prepaid UPS labels to you. While items usually arrive with no problems, we occasionally have items arrive damaged. We are NOT RESPONSIBLE for lost or damaged packages. If you prefer, you are welcome to insure and ship them with the carrier of your choice at your expense, but please fill out the form anyway and include the words "self shipped" in your item description. That way we will be sure to have accurate information for sending your check.


    Once your items arrive we will process them and mail out a check usually in 1 to 3 business days. Please remember that once we drop the check in the mail, the amount of time to deliver the check is in the hands of the postal service. If you want to know exactly when your items arrive, please note your tracking numbers on the prepaid UPS labels and go to www.ups.com to track them.


    Packing tips for fragile items


    It is important to package your items carefully so they arrive safely and to protect the value of your items. Also, shipping companies generally do not pay claims for broken items if they are not properly packaged. Please read our packing tips for fragile items. Professional packaging is also available at many shipping stores, but it can be quite expensive.



    Pictures of some of the items we have bought.


    Designer Handbags & Accessories: Coach, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Gucci, Prada, Botkier, Dooney & Bourke, Tod's, Hermès, Michael Kors, Salvatore Ferragamo...
    Figurines: Lladro, Armani, Hummel, Dept 56, Precious Moments, B&G, Royal Doulton, Wedgwood, Disney...
    Crystal: Swarovski, Lalique, Baccarat, Crystal World, Fostoria, Rogaska, Waterford...
    Coins, Bullion and Precious Metals: U.S. Coins, Gold, Silver, Coin Albums, Graded Coins, Mint Sets, Foreign Coins...
    Time Pieces: Rolex, Movado, Pocket Watches, Cartier, Elgin...
    Plush Toys: Ty Beanie Babies, Disney, Warner Brothers, Coca Cola, Steiff...
    Jewelry: Engagement Rings, Gold, Silver, Class Rings, Broken Gold and Silver Jewelry...
    Dolls: Barbie, Madame Alexander, American Girl, Lee Middleton, Ashton Drake, Seymour Mann...
    Cookie Jars: Glenn Appleman, Fitz and Floyd, Star jars, Puritan, McCoy, Hall, Shawnee, American Bisque, Acme, Radko, Metlox, Goebel, Hull, Warner Bros, Disney, Treasure Craft...
    More: Railroad items, Cookie Jars, Trains, Antique Toys...