A significant factor of Russian culture, the bear appears in many Russian literary works, folklore, sayings and popular culture. Although this powerful and fearless animal is commonly considered dangerous, Russians affectionately see the bear as playful, good-natured, strong and protective.
The Lalique Bull owes its strength and modernity to its sharp lines exhibiting the power and vigour of its movement. In bullfighting. The power of the bull turned it into a symbol often represented statues since antiquity. Highlighted by the purity and brightness of the satin-finished crystal, this sculpture embodies animal power.
Designed as a pair, these two sculptures also evoke the world of Finance, as the famous Bull of Wall Street or statues of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. The duel between the two animals symbolizes the two states of mind that have always clashed on the markets: pessimism against optimism. The opposition of two forces, of two ways to perceive the world and to invest. On the one hand the bull charges and pushes the markets on the rise. On the other, the bear hibernates while waiting to take advantage of the decline of the stock markets. A bear market refers to a decline in prices in a single security or asset, group of securities or the securities market as a whole. A bull market is when prices are rising. This perpetual confrontation symbolizes the balance of the financial markets.