TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS
Text by Murray Moss and Laurence Benaïm
Rizzoli New York, £55.00
This book is a celebration of the prestigious French firm of Baccarat, surely one of the most well-known and celebrated glassmakers in the world, and marks the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of its establishment at the command of Louis XV.
Ever since Louis XVIII ordered a service of glassware in 1823, monarchs, heads of state, Maharajahs and lesser mortals have patronised the firm. Baccarat has supplied, and in some cases still does, glassware to Russia, the Middle East, India and the Far East, the Americas and, of course, Europe. Queen Elizabeth II has received gifts commissioned from the firm, including a carafe, shaped like a diamond, that was presented to her in 2012 by John Walker.
The book’s illustrations show not only elements of the glass making process (making, cutting, engraving and gilding) but more importantly the products created; chandeliers, wine goblets, vases, perfume bottles, jewellery, even furniture. A glittering, sparkling story peopled with royalty, stars and the rich but the real glamour in this book is provided by the designs and products of Maison Baccarat itself. A truly great way to celebrate its 250th anniversary.
ALL IMAGES ARE COPYRIGHT