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“The art of living in crystal will seduce the whole world”
Born of a luminous ball of fire, the mystical union of sand and fire, and the breath of man, Saint-Louis crystals vibrate with all the talent inherited from the past and extraordinary creative fantasy inspired by the present. This true combination of alchemy and dreams stems from the natural habitat that gave birth to the Crystal mastery: the forestry region of the Vosges in France.
This timber cathedral with its peaceful spirit is deeply tucked away in the its valley and is a fertile territory for silica sand, potash from ferns, firewood, and river water but also for myths, legends and imagination. Founded in 1586, the manufacture of Saint-Louis gave birth to an entire village built and developed around its glass guilds. In 1767, the highly regarded manufacturers were bestowed with royal warrants and with the name of Verrerie Royale de Saint-Louis, by Louis XV, for the exceptional quality of their glasswork.
Saint Louis Crystal Collection:
Designed in 1928 and extremely popular to this day, the Tommy service made its brilliant showing in 1938 during a legendary royal lunch held in the Hall of Mirrors at the Versailles Palace to celebrate the State Visit of the British King George VI and his wife Queen Elizabeth, known to all as the Queen Mother. The dining table was laid with sets of eleven “Tommy” glasses for the over two hundred guests. This timeless collection that reflects all the essence and dexterity of the glass-masters of Saint-Louis is one of the most popular designs in glass art featuring starred feet, bevelled stems, and forms adorned with diamond cuts, ribbons and beading.
The extensive service that makes up the Tommy collection is a brilliant and versatile representation of glassmaking: indeed the manufacture of these glass masterpieces still takes ten days and the process involves ten glass blowers for the shape and five glass cutters for the sparkling finish. Each sparkling jewel is the result of three famous glass-cutting techniques: diamond, pearl and bevelled. It is difficult to say whether this glassware is iridescent light transformed into matter, or matter transformed into mesmerizing light. Hock glasses, Champagne flutes, Cocktail and Highball glasses and south wine glasses make up the “Tommy” crystal collection displaying captivating elegance, variety and enchanting rainbow colours. The colour palette ranges from magical red to gleaming turquoise, striking amethyst, enchanting chartreuse, translucent green or modern flannel.
These jewels can be arranged into a resplendent bouquet of bright crystal glass, or you can remain true to one colour and arrange splendid, matching table decorations violet, sky blue, red, grey, green, dark blue, chartreuse, amethyst and amber. The collection also includes Vases, Bowls, Decanters, Candleholders or Champagne coolers made of the finest French crystal glass. The wonderful texture of the ornate glasses is nice to the touch and a treat to hold during your drinking session.
Born from the classic pattern of the Thistle collection, the Apollo line features a diaphanous and fascinating style. The fine engraving and flowing lines express with clarity, the essential liquid nature of crystal. The “Apollo” glasses are almost too nice to use. They have a striking vertical shape and can bear a 24-carat gold rim. When the refracted light falls onto the rhythm of the Venetian-style stripes and captivating chromatic palette, it becomes contemporary poetry with its dashing appearance.
In Greek and in Roman mythology Apollo was indeed the God of Light — it is no wonder, then, that a complete Saint Louis product line should be named after him. Created in 1979, the “Apollo” design has a distinctive shape and an angular cut which reflects light in a multitude of different colours. No matter whether it be the “Apollo” stemware, whose broad bowls rest on delicate stems, or the bar glasses whose rims are contoured by a fine line of 24-carat gold: the Saint Louis “Apollo“ design always displays a very distinctive cut and brilliance.
The fact that no other glasses sparkle quite like these “Apollo“ glasses from Saint Louis is because of the unrivalled quality of the manufacturing process: each item is mouth-blown, hand-cut and polished, and in some cases gilded by hand too, at the traditional French glassworks. About ten glass blowers and five glass cutters are involved over a number of days in the production of one single glass — with a truly “divine” result. The colour palette ranges from magical red to gleaming turquoise, striking amethyst, enchanting chartreuse or modern flannel. These jewels can be arranged into a resplendent bouquet of bright crystal glass, or you can remain true to one colour and arrange splendid, matching table decorations. What is more, the “Apollo ” glasses from Saint-Louis are beautiful that’s why they have to be in use all the time, either to hold a drink, or when empty elegantly gathered around the carafe in still life formation.
The Apollo line also comprises a lighting collection, which includes a table lamp, wall light, lantern and ceiling light, designed by Godefroy de Virieu and Stefania Di Petrillo. Inspired by the parison of the Apollo ceremony glass these lights are ultra-contemporary objects, airy and poetic, decorated with enchanting constellation and they break away from classic norms to offer a playful and light-filled bouquet.
The clean lines and crisp faceting, softened by subtle curves and oval cuts, of the Stella collection give an air that is both modern and delicate to the balanced silhouettes. The unique cut of the glass fans out from the base of the glass and is brought out to maximum effect as it refracts the light into a thousand rays evoking angular shapes and nocturnal sparkling of stars. Hence this series, made using traditional mouth-blowing and hand-cutting techniques in the renowned French crystal glassworks of Saint-Louis, really does justice to its name “Stella”, the Latin word for a star.
The collection comprises crystal barware and stemware but also bowls, vases and cetre-pieces which open up wide highlighting the diamond cuts. The “Stella” vase by Saint-Louis is an impressive masterpiece standing 32 centimetres tall, just like the “Stella” centerpiece with its 39 centimetres diameter. The series can also display gold or platinum refinements to embellish the transparent crystal glass. The gleaming gold or silver band border the foot and rim of the glasses with arabesque motifs. A glittering delight to treat your guests with.