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The Tailor Shop – Another Great New Section At RLalique.com

December 20th, 2008

Picture of Various Items Used To Make AlterationsWe’ve added another great new section to the website this week, The RLalique Tailor Shop, a place where you can get information about common alterations of R Lalique items. We’ve started with two subsections of the shop. The first one discusses missing material, where broken R Lalique items are cut down or hemmed up or taken in, to eliminate obvious damage in an attempt to make them look better. The second subsection details the change from cendrier to seal, something we see quite often as a way to salvage a broken ashtray. As we explain on the main Tailor Shop page, it’s our current plan to stick to discussing items that can be easily described, shown in photos, that are reasonably common, and that result in a change in the shape of the original R Lalique item. We don’t have a home page box set-up for this section, but you can get to it from any navigation bar on the site, including the one on the right hand side of every Blog page. Suggestions for future topics you’d like to see covered in the Tailor Shop, additional photos of items that are already covered, and any comments or suggestions about our information are welcome and appreciated.

The First Ever Ad For THE R. Lalique Gathering Place Appears In The Mastro Live Auction Catalogue

December 8th, 2008

RLalique.com Mastro Ad

We’ve come a long way in a short time here at RLalique.com, and with the release of the catalogue for the December 13th Mastro Live Auction featuring roughly 200 great R Lalique items, we’ve reached another important milestone. Our first ever advertisement has hit the streets! The inside back cover of the Mastro Catalogue features the elegant and simple ad shown here. As you can see, the ad contains a complete image of the great RLalique Wasps Cire Perdue Vase that graces the top of every page of this website. The sale is also listed on Ebay Live as well, although there is a higher buyer’s premium for bidding on Ebay than for bidding directly with Mastro. Check out the great R.Lalique items in the sale, and even more importantly :), check out our ad! This is the biggest auction of R Lalique anywhere in the world this year, and the perfect place for us to spread the word.

Reality Check – Corrections And Fact Check Thread – RLalique.com

October 30th, 2008

RLalique.com Reality Check GraphicThis is the place for readers and users comments:

1. To question the accuracy of any fact or statement on our website! You say we have something wrong, or even a little different shade of reality, let us know your facts!

2. To question the completeness of any fact of statement on our website! If you have information to add to what we’ve said, either that would create a different impression, a different reality than we may have, or just to make our information more complete, let us know your facts!

This is not an “I love your website” or “I hate your website” thread. It’s a chance to amend or correct the information we present if you think we got it wrong. This should be to the greater good of the entire RLalique community and if we’re wrong about something, we will gladly be corrected. We only ask that you keep in mind the enduring words of Dragnet’s Joe Friday: “Just the facts ma’am!”

Hopefully there won’t be too many corrections! But come what may, we welcome your input and information.

New Features – RLalique Police and RLalique Wanted

October 17th, 2008

RLalique Police Badge
A great day here at RLalique.com. Today we launch two new sections adding major new features for the entire RLalique community. First, the RLalique Police! The purpose of this section is to give users of our site a place to tell the community about suspicious RLalique items in online auctions, and to give everyone a chance to talk about the items, make comments and observations, and share their knowledge about the actual identity of the suspicious items. There are two parts to this new feature; the RLalique Police Blog Thread that is the place where you can leave a comment pointing to a suspicious listing, or comment on previous listings reported by other users. We will copy those listings to the new RLalique Police Section, which will simply have a list of suspicious RLalique items at auction reported by users in the RLalique Police Blog Thread. The point of the section is to sort out the actual suspicious listings from the blog comments for easy and fast reference by users concerned about particular items online that they might be considering. The RLalique Police Blog Thread is just below this announcement, and that thread is linked from the RLalique Police Section. This has been our most requested feature since the inception of RLalique.com and we have high hopes for users to have a chance to contribute to the greater pool of information for the entire RLalique community through the new RLalique Police Blog Thread and RLalique Police Section.

RLalique Wanted To Puchase PosterThe second new feature is the RLalique Wanted Section, where users can list specific RLalique items they are looking to add to their collections. This should provide a way for active collectors to get the word out about items they want to find, and it’s also a great way for collectors that have a matching piece, to have a chance to make a sale to someone they know is looking for the item they have, at a reasonable commission rate, and where both parties’ identify is kept confidential. A Win-Win-Win situation.

Please take a minute to check out our new features. We hope you will participate in listing any RLalique items you are seriously looking for in the RLalique Wanted Section, and that you will take the time to point out suspicious RLalique online auction listings, and share whatever knowledge you have about these items as they appear.

Finally, we’ve added another row of picture links near the bottom of our Home Page, to link these two new sections directly from the graphics area of the Home Page. And we’ve added these additional links to all of the navigation bars throughout RLalique.com. We pride ourselves on the ease of use of RLalique.com, and we hope you find these additions and improvements to your liking. As we might have mentioned before, we know your time is valuable, and we appreciate the time you spend here with us at RLalique.com. We are working hard to ensure that your time is well spent and we appreciate any and every contribution you are willing to make to help improve the overall RLalique community.

A Few Great Library Additions

September 18th, 2008

Nil Melior Pre-War Auto Accessory Brochure Featuring Rene Lalique Mascots at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York CityCheck out our New Arrivals Section in the RLalique Library. We’ve added a few great items, including three wonderful Japanese Exhibition Catalogues and a pre-war sales brochure by Nil Melior. Nil Melior sold high end auto accessories and had a retail shop in New York City at the Waldorf-Astoria at Park and Lex. This 24 page brochure shows 8 different RLalique mascots including Victoire, and has the prices that were being charged at the time for each item. We have another very similar but not identical pre-war Nil Melior brochure also listed for sale in the Library. Period material from RLalique retailers is extremely rare, especially priced brochures. Who would have thought you could go to the Waldorf to buy RLalique mascots?

New RLalique At Auction Section Layout

September 17th, 2008

We are moving to a new and better looking RLalique at Auction Section, that allows us to feature some items at the top, and also gives us the option to put a picture next to the description of the upcoming RLalique items. The descriptions of each upcoming auction contains identical information to the old layout, it’s just not segregated into a bunch of little cells. This new layout is a work in progress in that we have not added any auction photos next to the listings as of this morning. The revision is the result of several user requests to make the upcoming auction information less busy looking, and also to make the links at the top which take you to a featured upcoming item, or to the Lalique Auctions Past Page, or whatever else we might want to point out to you, to be more recognizable. Hopefully you will like the changes, but either way, if you have a strong opinion, please let us know. Both the text and the photos of the featured items at the top are clickable links that will take you to the relevant item. The one drawback to the new layout is that it takes a little longer to scroll thru the auctions, as the auction info is in bigger cells so that photos can be added when/if desired. Also, we reprogrammed the Lalique Auctions Past Page of sold auction items, adding customized searches, small views of the most recent auctions past, and a link to the entire history we have of past auctions in date order. Again, this was a user request. RLalique.com is the best source of information on RLalique anywhere in the world, and we are working hard to make it even better. There will be further enhancements over the next couple of months, including up to two new sections to further guide RLalique collectors and enthusiasts and to bring you even more helpful and unique information about our mutual passion for the works of Rene Lalique. We know your time is valuable, and we want to make sure that the time you spend with us is well spent. Thanks to all of you for your support, and we hope to see you hanging around the Blog from time to time.

UPDATED April 9th, 2010 to reflect recent improvements in the Lalique Auctions Past Section

Server Outage For Several Hours – Our Apologies

September 10th, 2008

Our Web Host (Network Solutions) had some problems last night, the result being that our server was down for some time and the site was not accessible without even a “temporarily unavailable” page appearing. We went with Network Solutions when we first started because they have a reputation for reliability, and we didn’t expect this could happen. For those of you that tried to access the site and found it unavailable, we’re sorry for any inconvenience it has caused. We also see that many of our search rankings went in the tank this morning for the first time ever, and don’t know if it’s related or not to the fact that the search services would have been unable to find the site (see “Dumb Luck” posts for discussion on our search standing…. ¬†well, our former search standing:). Anyway, we’re working with Network Solutions to try and make sure it doesn’t happen again. And of course the good news is we are up and running, several new worldwide auctions have already been posted this morning in our RLalique At Auction Section, and some new For Sale Items will be coming online today in the RLalique For Sale Section including the wonderful Six Figurines et Masques Vase shown here.

Yahoo Search Joins The Believers! Now we’re No. 1 in your hearts AND No. 1 in your Yahoo search!

September 3rd, 2008

Dumb Lucky We Are!RLalique.com was found by Yahoo this weekend! Amazingly, we are listed in their search for rlalique as Number 1!!!!! AND, we are in the top ten for the other typical searches such as r lalique, or r. lalique. Totally great! Hope our good fortune continues in the “search” department. It might be that our vast content overwhelms the efforts of paid search engine consultants and puts us on top. And of course, there is that factor that we talked about previously in regard to our Number 1 ranking with Google’s search engine; see movie poster :). We hope our good fortune continues.

Google Search LOVES RLalique.com

August 26th, 2008

In just the couple short weeks that RLalique.com has been up and running, even Google has taken notice!! This morning, we typed the keyword rlalique in Google, and guess who is the Number ONE Google search result ….. OK, you probably can figure who it is since we are making a big deal about it, but it’s RLaique.com! Yippee! We are also in the top 10 already for what we think are the other typical searches: r. lalique, r lalique, and r.lalique. Unbelievable! Go to Google Search and check it out for yourself. You’ll see us right there at the top of the list. Anyway we are enjoying our new status, since for all we know we can go down to number 100 in a week. And unlike a lot of websites, we don’t pay anyone to work on getting us search rankings. So it’s either what grandma always said about good things happening to good people (OK, probably not that :), or just dumb luck. Hmmmmmmmm…………….

Great New Feature in the R Lalique For Sale Section

August 21st, 2008

In response to a user suggestion we added a new feature to the For Sale Section today, that allows you to click on any of the thumbnails of the For Sale items, and a new page will open with a large picture of the item. The large photos are high quality photos showing the item in great detail. These larger new photos make it a lot easier to judge the quality of the item, and are much more representative of the piece than the small thumbnails. I can’t identify the user that made the suggestion, but I will say that he lives on the east coast of the U.S., and like me, he definitely married up! Way up! Please keep the comments and suggestions coming.

A Grand Start For RLalique.com

August 19th, 2008

A collector asked me today how the first week of RLalique.com has gone. I told him it’s both hectic and unbelievably great at the same time. We’ve come a long way in a short time, and I’ve been so much busier than I’m used to, I would have guessed we were only up for a few days. Here’s a brief review. We’ve put the site up without fanfare or announcements, and just a few emails to old friends and fellow RLalique collectors. Yet things have gone better than we could ever have expected. First, there have been no serious programming issues with the site. Considering this is the first site we ever developed, that was a bit of a concern as you might imagine. Also, the For Sale Section went great guns the first week, with 16 sales of wonderful Rene Lalique items. We would have thought it would be months before we got to that kind of number. As you might have noticed, the SOLD items were clogging up the For Sale Section, so we made a separate page for the SOLD items and moved them off the For Sale page onto their own “Missed Opportunities” page. Also, the first Library sale was made, and as a result, I got to send my first email from the address Info@rlalique.com. And, we have gotten our RLalique at Auction section going with a good number of upcoming item reports, in spite of the fact that this is the slowest time of year for RLalique to be appearing at auctions. Things should pick up after Labor Day in the US, as auction houses launch their Fall schedules with mid and late September sales, and in France as August turns to September, vacations end, and business there picks up. We’re getting a lot of visitors, emails, and traffic, and I hope that as word spreads, the number of visitors will continue to increase over the coming months. We have gotten great input concerning the site, and have already implemented many suggestions from our fellow RLalique enthusiasts concerning features or bugs. If you didn’t notice, one suggestion we put into place was to link the header photo of the great Wasps Cire Perdue Vase to the Home Page as a quick and large link to get back to the Home Page from any other page on the site. We also linked the entire header of every Blog page to the Home Page as well. Hopefully once the initial burst of activity associated with a new website dissipates, you’ll see a few new features added to the site, and we’ll report on them from time to time here in the Blog to draw your attention to them. If you have any comments, suggestions for improvements, or bug reports, please let us know. We take your input seriously, since our site is devoted to you, the RLalique enthusiast. We know your time is valuable, and we are working hard to make sure that the time you put aside to spend with us is time well spent.

 
 

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