Baccarat glassware creation spans more than 250 years of history with an unwavering regard for finesse and modernity. Louis XV, Louis XVI, Louis XVII, Charles X and even Napoleon III feature among its most famous clientele, not to mention countless French companies with a penchant for fine décor and splendour. Light will always be needed to illuminate France’s chateaux and private houses, and it is Baccarat’s bold and timeless innovations that accompany this lifestyle.
Louis XVIII was one of its earliest proponents in 1823, commissioning the Lorraine crystal specialist to create the first set of Harcourt crystal stemware, which has since become an icon. Their legendary crystal chandeliers would follow, flaunting a thousand facets, sculpted prisms and glittering pendants, and earning Baccarat its global reputation.
These works of art are the fruit of rare savoir-faire handed down from generation to generation.
Inspired by the unrivalled brilliance of its chandeliers, the Manufacturing division would also transform this iconic crystal signature centrepiece into a collection of stunning crystal jewellery, in a shimmering array of shades including clear, blue lagoon, green, powder pink and red passion.
This exceptionally pure and refined crystal is also shaped to create a range of stylish home decor, including candlesticks, candelabras, vases, desk accessories, trinkets and glass animals. These exquisite works of art are the fruit of more than two centuries of the finest craftsmanship handed down through generations in the workshops of the Manufacturing division.
Before the crystal is deemed worthy of gracing any table, it is subjected to a process of epic proportions at the hands of various master craftsmen including glass blowers, cutters, engravers, gilders and the indomitable choisisseuses, who make the ultimate decision as to whether the glass is perfect, or rejected. It takes fifteen long years for these exceptional craftsmen to hone the necessary skills and techniques to shape the crystal’s infinite possibilities, and create its soft and timeless lines.
Adorning museum interiors and the finest tables, Baccarat illuminates the interiors of the world’s most luxurious hotels, palaces and restaurants, such as the Cristal Room restaurants, in Paris and Moscow. Having seen a complete restoration by interior designer Jacques Grange, the Cristal Room Paris is devoted to the art of fine dining and shaped entirely from Baccarat crystal, culminating in a spectacular 157-light chandelier. Baccarat crystal also shimmers and shines at Hotel George V in Paris, Negresco in Nice, the Plaza Hotel in New York and at the B Bars in Tokyo and Osaka. These extraordinary creations, recognised the world over, are what legends are made of.