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The French word "tourbillon" means whirl or eddy. It is an appropriate name for this vase with its many swirls and coils. The "Tourbillons" motif is an abstract design and inspired by the movement of the fern blossom. In 1926, the company founder René Lalique began to create sculptures and design objects out of crystal glass. He frequently found the inspiration for his design ideas in nature and its beauty.
The "Tourbillons" blue vase by Lalique has a patina finish. Patina is a special technique that was extensively used at the beginning of the twentieth century by Art Nouveau and Art Deco artists. This technique was commonly used on wood and metals. It is a decorative patina on an object to modify its basic layer by changing its colour. How Lalique uses this technique on the blue vase is a fiercely guarded secret.