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MAR-APR 2017

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for a modern interpretation of the classic design by Terry Rodgers, a highly successful contemporary artist known for his edgy, realistic depictions of lithe, partially naked beauties in seemingly libidinous scenes. At first glance, his large-scale canvases seem to be a straightforward narrative à la Sex in the City, but a closer inspection reveals the dichotomy between a super-charged, sexy (and Rodgers would say, fictional) high life sold by 21st century media and the sobering realities of a disconnected, isolated existence rampant within every socio- economic realm. Rodgers' muses, it turns out, are the very beings whose liberation was celebrated by René Jules Lalique in his original Bacchantes design. Working for more than three years, Rodgers painstakingly selected his models, staged each in sensual and self-assured positions, photographed, sculpted and then traveled to Lalique's Alsace factory to tackle a medium he had never before attempted. Intricate molds were created, and under the tutelage of master craftsmen, Rodgers' vision became an amazing reality in Lalique's signature, stunning crystal. Embracing his predecessor's penchant for contrasting between clear and frosted finishes and incorporating a patina or other materials (in this case, platinum), Rodgers' efforts culminated in two versions: a large-scale, limited edition production in four colors (midnight blue, purple, black and deep green) using the lost-wax technique to create highly dimensional figures in a complex, stunning finish with applied platinum highlights; and a smaller casting, beautifully executed in Lalique's classic hand-finished clear crystal, as well as an option in opulent gold lustre. Fittingly launched at the Maison et Objet trade fair in Paris earlier this year, the retail release of the Sirènes line will be staggered, with prices ranging from $4,900 to $55,000 in top luxury retailers in the U.S. If critical acclaim is any indication, Rodgers' new version is destined to become an iconic contribution to the Lalique catalog for generations to come. sl Amelia & Jeff Jeffers are co-owners of two fine art, antique and bespoke collectibles companies: Garth's of Delaware, Ohio and Selkirk of St. Louis, Missouri. slmag.net 39 Terry Rodgers modeling the figures in plastiline. Photo courtesy Terry Rodgers Studio

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