Charming pair of vases
Crystal, Enamel, Gilded and patinated bronze
Height : 35,5 cm (13,9 in.) ; Base : 13 x 13 cm (5,1 x 5,1 in.)
Elegant pair of square section vases, in enamelled crystal with polychrome decoration of birds of paradise, resting on a openwork patinated and gilded bronze base with Japanese style motifs.
The famous crystal manufacture of Baccarat, that dates back to the XVIIIth century, was awarded its first medal in 1823, during the “Exposition des Produits de l’Industrie” for the “brilliance and the sharpness of its crystal” and became then the most renowned French “cristallerie”. Baccarat was undoubtedly the only French manufacture, that exhibited steadily and magnificently its products at the various Universal Exhibitions, and especially between 1855 and 1867. In all reports one can read about the “perfection of the material and of its cut”. To keep its wealthy clientele, among which the Royal family, Baccarat must discover new styles and decors as well as new material, as shows that beautiful opal glass, which became one of Baccarat’s specialities in the 1850’s.