Alongside Georges Fouquet and the Vever brothers, Lalique is considered to be the main Art nouveau jeweller.
Separating himself very quickly from the neo-Renaissance style prevalent in the 1880s, Lalique created jewellery inspired by natural themes in which he gave free rein to his imagination and his feel for composition and colour. He chose the female body as his main motif and did not hesitate to use semi-precious stones and materials traditionally overlooked or spurned by jewellers such as horn or enamel.
From 1902 onwards, Lalique devoted himself mainly to the manufacture of art glassware. The pine cone bowl lies at the turning point of his oeuvre and draws on the combined skills of silversmiths and glassmakers. The artist has blown milky white glass into a silver mount whose bluish transparency is reminiscent of opal. The technique of blowing glass into a metal frame was used by Lalique in other bowls and Dionysian chalices decorated with vines or ears of wheat.