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Louis Rault was a French Jeweler, Sculptor, and Medalist. He lived mostly during the 2nd half of the 19th century from 1847 to 1903. Louis Rault was the artist for the design of every item you see on this page. The LR mark just below is the reason he appears here. Owners of Rault works that have this signature or monogram or mark, often believe they have an authentic Rene Lalique jewelry or other item because his LR signature is easily confused as an RL signature. Of course there is no Rene Lalique original signature that looks like Rault's RL monogram, but if everyone knew this, there would be no confusion.

LR RL Mark Signature Monogram of Louis Armand RaultRault's designs were put to widespread use. His LR or RL mark appears on huge numbers of medals, medallions, brooches, cuff links, buttons, hatpins, stickpins, lockets, pendants and similar items carrying his designs**. The same design can appear on many different kinds of objects, in several different materials, and many are enhanced with various gems and/or surrounds as well. It's important to keep in mind that the widespread designs that bear the RL signature are but one facet of the work of Rault. He made unique objects, worked for Boucheron starting at the age of 21 and continuing for 7 years (an 18k gold stickpin for Boucheron in the original case is shown below), was a well known chaser in his time (perhaps the greatest of all according to none other than Henri Vever), and his work won many artistic awards. His creations appear in several museums such as the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. And those museum works include for example the cast and chased silver parrot motif waist-clasp you will see in the last rows of photos below from the collection of the British Museum. In addition to the waist-clasp, also shown at the end are a belt buckle and an apparently unique gold, opal, and enamel brooch circa 1890 signed L. Rault.

But it is not these larger items, many of which are likely unique Rault signed works that concern us and they are only shown at the end of the photos for biographical and artistic reference. It is the constant appearance of the Louis Armand Rault designs with the LR mark being sold and misrepresented today as R. Lalique, which puts any Rault works in this Rene Lalique Forgeries category. It is these works and their treatment in the marketplace that has caused us to create this page as a reference and resource about Louis Rault and his creations. Note that the bronze footed Stags Box near the end of the photos carries the LR signature. We have seen several examples of this box and it is not a unique object. The silver Faisans Box below it also has the LR signature and we doubt it's unique, but we have only seen this one so we cannot say for sure.

It makes sense that Rault's work could be confused for another reason in addition to the LR monogram. Many (but not all) of these items are somewhat in the style of R. Lalique. Rault was a contemporary of Rene Lalique, they both worked as designers and jewelers during the art nouveau period in Paris. It's highly likely that they knew each other. However, none of the items shown on this page are the work of Rene Lalique. None are R.Lalique. While all items on this page were designed by Louis Armand Rault, most were produced by a myriad of different manufacturers. Rault designed them because he was an artist and jeweler by trade. And of course he put his initials, his signature, on those designs as they were not created with the intent to deceive anyone.

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** Note the LR monogram (regularly misrepresented as an RL monogram) was used on all the small round objects we have seen. However, at least for the few bigger or unique pieces shown at the bottom of the photos (except the bronze box which is signed LR), they are signed RAULT or L. RAULT and not with the LR - RL confusion mark. The silver somewhat triangular shaped medallion shown below with the inscription that begins "LA FINANCE GUIDE... " has a combination signature of the LR confusion mark appended with AULT so that it reads LRAULT. Also note that we have seen Rault's middle name spelled both as Armand and Arman. We went with Armand, which we believe to be correct.

Louis Armand Rault Stickpin of Female Figure In Profile with Gems And LR Signature - RL SignatureLouis Armand Rault Medallion of Female Figure In Profile with Gems And LR Signature - RL SignatureLouis Armand Rault Brooch of Helmeted Figure In Profile with LR Signature - RL Signature

 

LR Signature - RL Signature Napoleon XIV Louis Armand Rault Pendant of Figure In Profile with In Intricate SurroundLouis Armand Rault Pendant of Figure In Profile And Molded Napoleon XIV with LR Signature - RL SignatureLouis Armand Rault Medal of Figure In Profile Molded Republique Francaise with LR Signature - RL Signature

Louis Armand Rault Pendant of Male Figure Wearing A Hat In Profile Molded Napoleon I with LR Signature - RL SignatureLouis Armand Rault Pendant of King Francois 1 Bearded Male Figure In Profile Molded Francois I with LR Signature - RL SignatureLouis Armand Rault Medallion of Male Figure Wearing A Hat In Profile Molded Napoleon I with LR Signature - RL Signature

Louis Armand Rault Medallion of Male Figure In Profile Molded Henri IV with LR Signature - RL SignatureLouis Armand Rault Medallion of Male Figure In Profile Molded Louis XI with LR Signature - RL SignatureLouis Armand Rault Medallion of Male Figure Wearing A Crown In Profile Molded Charlemagne with LR Signature - RL Signature

Louis Armand Rault Medallion of Napoleon Wearing A Hat In Profile Molded Napoleon I with LR Signature - RL Signature - Front View of MedallionBack Side View Of Louis Armand Rault Medallion of Napoleon Wearing A Hat In Profile Molded Napoleon I with LR Signature - RL Signature On The Front And Here The Back View Showing An N Under A Crown In A Coat of Arms StyleLouis Armand Rault Brooch of Female Figure Wearing A Crown In Profilewith LR Signature - RL Signature

Louis Armand Rault Medallion of Male Figure Wearing A Crown In Profile Molded Louis IX with LR Signature - RL SignatureLouis Armand Rault Medallion of Helmeted Figure In Profile with the Word Merovee and LR Signature - RL SignatureLouis Armand Rault Cufflink of Female Figure In Profile with Crown and with LR Signature - RL Signature

Louis Armand Rault Button Showing The Queen of Paris, Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower and the Words Fluctuât Nec Mergitur (The Motto of The City of Paris Which Is Latin for Tossed But Not Sunk), and with LR Signature - RL SignatureClose-Up of Signature And Phrase On Louis Armand Rault Button Showing The Queen of Paris, Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower and the Words Fluctuât Nec Mergitur (The Motto of The City of Paris Which Is Latin for Tossed But Not Sunk), and with LR Signature - RL SignatureThe Reverse of Louis Armand Rault Button Whose Front Shows The Queen of Paris, Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower and the Words Fluctuât Nec Mergitur (The Motto of The City of Paris Which Is Latin for Tossed But Not Sunk), and with LR Signature - RL Signature

Louis Armand Rault Pendant With Napolean 1 Medallion Hanging From An Eagle And With LR Signature - RL SignatureLouis Armand Rault Pendant Reverse With The Front Being A Napolean 1 Medallion Hanging From An Eagle And With LR Signature - RL Signature

Louis Armand Rault Set of Six Buttons in Sheffield Silver From 1901 Each Having a Helmeted Figure In Profile with LR Signature - RL SignatureLouis Armand Rault Cufflink of Figure In Profile with LR Signature - RL Signature

Louis Armand Rault Bracelet Having Seven Different Medallions All With LR Signature - RL Signature

Louis Armand Rault Letter Opener 8 Inches Long With Medallion Having An Eagle On One Side And Napoleon 1 On Reverse - Eagle Side Is Not Marked

Louis Armand Rault Eagle Medallion With Napoleon 1 On Reverse In Letter Opener - Eagle Side Is Not MarkedLouis Armand Rault Napoleon 1 On Medallion With Eagle On Reverse In Letter Opener - Eagle Side Is Not Marked

Louis Armand Rault Snuff Box - Pill Box Top Being LOUIS IX And With LR Signature - RL SignatureLouis Armand Rault Snuff Box - Pill Box Side View Top Being LOUIS IX And With LR Signature - RL SignatureLouis Armand Rault Snuff Box - Pill Box Underside View Top Being LOUIS IX And With LR Signature - RL Signature

Louis Armand Rault Double Watch Chain With Napoleon 1 Medallion And Eagle On Reverse - Eagle Side Is Not MarkedLouis Armand Rault Eagle Medallion From Double Watch Chain With Napoleon 1 On The Reverse - Eagle Side Is Not Marked

Louis Armand Rault Horse And Rider Medallion Pendant With Napoleon 1 On The Reverse - Horse Side Is Not MarkedLouis Armand Rault Horse And Rider Medallion Pendant With Napoleon 1 On The Reverse And Shown In This Photo - Horse Side Is Not Marked

Louis Armand Rault Uniformed Soldier Medallion Pendant With Napoleon 1 On The Reverse - Soldier Side Shown And Is Not MarkedLouis Armand Rault Uniformed Soldier Medallion Pendant With Napoleon 1 On The Reverse - Napoleon Side Shown - Soldier Side Is Not Marked

Louis Armand Rault Silver Medallion LA FINANCE GUIDE L'ESSOR DE L'INDUSTRIE Signed LRAULTLouis Armand Rault Silver Medallion LA FINANCE GUIDE L'ESSOR DE L'INDUSTRIE Signed LRAULT Reverse SideLouis Armand Rault Silver Medallion LA FINANCE GUIDE L'ESSOR DE L'INDUSTRIE LRAULT Signature And Hallmarks

Louis Armand Rault Brooch of Figure In Profile highlighted by Gems with LR Signature - RL SignatureLouis Armand Rault Medallion of Female Figure In Profile with LR Signature - RL Signature

 

Louis Armand Rault Ashtray of Male Figure In Profile with LR Signature - RL SignatureLouis Armand Rault Pendant of Female Figure In Profile In Agriculture Motif with LR Signature - RL Signature

Louis Armand Rault Locket of Female Figure In Profile with LR Signature - RL SignatureLouis Armand Rault Locket of Female Figure In Profile On The Reverse With LR Signature - RL SignatureLouis Armand Rault Pendant of Female Figure Wearing A Helmet In Profile with a Highly Decorative Surround with LR Signature - RL Signature

Louis Armand Rault Locket Side View That Has A Different Figure On Each Side Both With LR - RL Signature And A Mirrored Inside. Missing Floral Decoration Just Under The Bale.

Louis Armand Rault Medallion of Helmeted Figure In Profile with the word Merovee Inside a Highly Decorative Pendant Surround and with LR Signature - RL SignatureLouis Armand Rault Medallion of Helmeted Figure In Profile With The Word Merovee Set In A Bronze Rectangular Plaque With LR Signature - RL Signature

Louis Armand Rault Cufflinks Each Showing Helmeted Figure In Profile With The Word Merovee And With LR Signature - RL Signature

Louis Armand Rault Cufflink 2 CM Wide Featuring Louis XIV And With LR Signature - RL Signature And Smaller Button Of 1 CM With A Fleur De Lis

Louis Armand Rault Cufflink 20 MM Wide Featuring Napolean I and LR - RL Signature And The Backside Smaller 14 MM Disk Having A High Relief Eagle

Louis Armand Rault Close-Up Of Hallmarks Found On 6 Silver Buttons Set For Birmingham England And The Silversmith Deakin & Francis And With LR Signature - RL Signature

Louis Armand Rault Six Silver Buttons Set In Original Case With Hallmarks For Birmingham England And The Maker Deakin & Francis And With LR Signature - RL Signature

Louis Armand Rault Front View Of Two Sided Pendant That Opens To Reveal A MirrorLouis Armand Rault Back And Inside View Of Two Sided Pendant That Opens To Reveal A Mirror

Louis Armand Rault Napolean 1 On Top Of Lid Of ThermometerLouis Armand Rault Inside View Of Lidded Thermometer With Napolean 1 On Top Of Lid

Close-Up Of Louis Rault Designs Incorporated In Silver SpoonsSilver Spoons With Louis Rault Designs Incorporated In The HandlesReverse View Of Silver Spoons With Louis Rault Designs Incorporated In The Handles

Louis Rault LR Necklace Of Mixed Medals

Louis Rault LR Signed Bronze Footed Stags Box

Louis Rault LR Signed Silver Faisans Box

Louis Rault LR RL Signed 18k Gold Coq Motif Stickpin / Hatpin For Boucheron In Original CaseLouis Rault LR RL Signed 18k Gold Coq Motif Stickpin / Hatpin Close-Up For Boucheron In Original CaseLouis Rault LR RL Signed 18k Gold Coq Motif Stickpin / Hatpin Reverse For Boucheron In Original Case

Louis Armand Rault Belt Buckle With Rault SignatureLouis Armand Rault Silver Waist Clasp With Rault Signature

Louis Rault Unique Bold Enamel and Opals Brooch

 

 

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