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Baccarat is the world's leading manufacturer of crystalware. Founded in 1764 under the patronage of Louis XV as Renault et Compagnie, the firm became known as the Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat during the nineteenth Century.


The company began to flourish at the beginning of the Nineteenth Century, as the effects of the Napoleonic Wars abated, and its reputation was consolidated by the official approval from various sovereigns and heads of state. At the 1823 Exposition Nationale in Paris, it was Baccarat's crystalware that Louis XVIII was said to have particularly admired, appreciating its 'beautiful workmanship'.


It was Charles X's visit to the crystalworks in 1828 however that had the most significant repercussions for the company. Baccarat presented the monarch with a gift of two magnificent Medici Vases, a large crystal Ewer, a fifteen piece Tea Service and a five-piece Water Set. The king then ordered a dinner service for the Tuileries, while the Duchess d'Angoulême personally chose a set of eighteen glasses, described by her as '..sturdy, balanced, perfect'. Later Louis-Philippe and Napoléon II also visited the crystalworks and were followed by a succession of French presidents and foreign heads of state.


François-Eugène de Fontenay (who joined the company in 1841) discovered that by the addition of the nickel oxide in the manufacturing process, a perfectly clear product, 'crystal glass', free of discolouration and imitating precious rock crystal was produced. This is just one of many technical innovations and improvements discovered by Baccarat, that make it the company it is today.


The Baccarat company was awarded a Gold medal at the French Exposition des Produits de l'Industrie in 1855 and has continued to carry off the top prizes ever since. In 1867 they exhibited a gigantic fountain twenty four feet tall, with a basin ten feet in diameter, which it was said 'simply took visitors breath away'.


With the continuing improvement in their manufacturing standards, the quality of Baccarat's 'crystal glass' improved and reached the highest level by the end of the century, competing successfully with the Bohemian glass industry. Baccarat 'crystal glass' is highly regarded, not only for its unusual clarity, but also for its great solidity and weight.


Makers Bibliography:


La Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat, Tarif des Articles d'Eclairage, (Paris), Edition 1903-4.


Curtis, Jean-Louis, Baccarat, Thames and Hudson, (London), 1992.


Meyer, Jonathan, Great Exhibitions: London, New York, Paris, Philadelphia, 1851-1900, Antique Collector's Club (Woodbridge, UK) 2006, p.263

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BACCARAT
19th Century Silver and Crystal Ewer with Finial Stopper
This extraordinary Baccarat crystal ewer is beautifully adorned with elaborate relief-moulded silver grapes, vines, tendrils and leaves. The Baccha...
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M. S. Rau Antiques
BACCARAT
20th Century French Crystal Candlestick
Baccarat crystal candlestick. Refined with their particular shape move. Signed Baccarat France. DIMENSIONS H 5.91 in. x Dm 5.12 in. H 15 cm x Dm...
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Mobili del Passato SRL
BACCARAT
A BACCARAT BUTTERFLY OVER CLEMATIS PAPERWEIGHT
£2,500
Fileman Antiques Ltd
BACCARAT
A BACCARAT BUTTERFLY PAPERWEIGHT
£2,600
Fileman Antiques Ltd
BACCARAT
A Baccarat frosted glass and acid etched ewer
Of a baluster form, decorated in blue with herons on a riverbank amidst bullrushes and trees; featuring a star cut base
£5,500
Mayfair Gallery Ltd.
BACCARAT
A BACCARAT MUSHROOM PAPERWEIGHT WITH BLUE AND WHITE TORSADE
£1,750
Fileman Antiques Ltd
BACCARAT
A BACCARAT SCATTERED 1848 PAPERWEIGHT ON MUSLIN
£1,200
Fileman Antiques Ltd
BACCARAT
A BACCARAT STRAWBERRY PAPERWEIGHT
£1,500
Fileman Antiques Ltd
BACCARAT
A Cut-Crystal Hexagonal Shaped Lustre Chandelier
A Cut-Crystal Hexagonal Shaped Lustre Chandelier. This unusual chandelier has a hexagonal shaped body formed of rule and octagonal cut drops, ...
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Adrian Alan
BACCARAT
A Fine Gilt-Bronze and Cut Crystal Tent and Bag Chandelier
A Fine Gilt-Bronze and Cut Crystal Tent and Basket Chandelier Attributed to La Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat.
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Adrian Alan
BACCARAT
A Fine Neo-Classical Eight-Light Crystal Chandelier
A Fine Neo-Classical Eight-Light Crystal Chandelier by La Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat. The chandelier having a shallow bowl hung wi...
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Adrian Alan
BACCARAT
A fine pair of Baccarat white opaline glass vases
Each of baluster form, with twin satyr-mask handles, decorated to both sides with bouquets and scattered sprays of flowers, the mouthes and feet wi...
£9,500
Mayfair Gallery Ltd.
BACCARAT
A Fine Pair of Silvered Bronze & Cut Glass Ice Pails, by Baccarat
A Fine Pair of Silvered Bronze & Cut Glass Ice Pails, by La Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat.
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Adrian Alan
BACCARAT
A Fine Set of Sixteen Louis XVI Style Five-Branch Wall Lights
A Fine Set of Sixteen Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze and Cut-Glass Five Branch Wall Lights by La Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat.
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Adrian Alan
BACCARAT
A Gilt-Bronze and Cut-Glass Decanter Set
A Fine and Decorative Gilt-Bronze and Cut-Glass Decanter Set by La Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat.
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Adrian Alan
BACCARAT
A Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze and Moulded-Glass Twenty-Light Chandelier
A Fine Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze and Moulded-Glass Twenty-Light Chandelier by La Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat. The chandelier has ...
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Adrian Alan
BACCARAT
A Louis XVI Style Tent & Bag Chandelier
A Fine Louis XVI Style Cut and Moulded Glass Tent & Bag Chandelier By La Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat. The carona and central ring su...
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Adrian Alan
BACCARAT
A monumental and magnificent 157-light crystal chandelier by Baccarat
Comprising approximately 11,000 individually signed pieces; another example of the same model is showcased at the Musée Baccarat, Paris (pictured)...
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Mayfair Gallery Ltd.
BACCARAT
A Napoleon III period Baccarat opaline overlay drinks service
Comprising a tray, a glass, a decanter, a covered bowl and a small covered flask, decorated with birds and flowers on red ground with white overlay...
£8,500
Mayfair Gallery Ltd.
BACCARAT
A Pair of Eighteen-Light Chandeliers
An Important Pair of Eighteen-Light Gilt-Bronze and Engraved Glass Chandeliers, By La Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat. Weight : 30 kg ...
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Adrian Alan
BACCARAT
A Pair of Louis XVI Style Moulded-Glass Cherub Wall Appliqués
A Fine Pair of Louis XVI Style Gilt-Bronze and Moulded-Glass Three-Light Cherub Wall Appliqués by La Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat. E...
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Adrian Alan
BACCARAT
A Rare and Exceptional 127 Piece ‘Lorient’ Table Service
A Rare and Exceptional 127 Piece ‘Lorient’ Table Service by La Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat. The Service Comprising: Eighteen C...
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Adrian Alan
BACCARAT
A Very Fine Gilt-Bronze Mounted Crystal Vase Clock
A Very Fine Gilt-Bronze Mounted Crystal Vase Clock by La Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat.
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Adrian Alan
BACCARAT
A wonderful Baccarat chandelier.
A wonderful twelve light Baccarat crystal and gilt bronze chandelier. The drip pans stamped BACCARAT.
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John Bly
BACCARAT
An Extremely Rare Pair of Cameo Glass Vases
An Extremely Rare Pair of Cameo Glass Vases by La Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat. The vases are etched on opposing sides with classica...
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Adrian Alan
BACCARAT
An Impressive Pair of Silvered Bronze & Cut Glass Urns and Covers, by Baccarat
An Impressive Pair of Silvered Bronze & Cut Glass Urns and Covers, by La Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat.
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Adrian Alan
BACCARAT
An opaline glass vase
Of amphora form, the body applied with flowers and foliage in vibrant colours, with gilt detailing to the base and rim
£4,500
Mayfair Gallery Ltd.
BACCARAT
Art Deco Baccarat Champagne Bucket
Art Deco french crystal ice bucket / wine cooler with tapering sides and silver plated handles. Signed Baccaratt France and acid etched on...
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Hampton Antiques
BACCARAT
Baccarat Crystal Fifteen Light Chandelier
An Elegant Late 19th Century Gilt Bronze and Baccarat Crystal Fifteen Light Chandelier Multi-faceted and shaped crystal, beaded arms, cut crysta...
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Charles Cheriff Galleries, Ltd.
BACCARAT
Baccarat Paris, a French Bronze and Glass Table Vitrine Box Cabinet, circa 1880
Baccarat Paris, a French "Japonisme" bronze and glass table vitrine display box cabinet, circa 1880. Very nice quality with pineapple feet. Opens ...
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Solomon Treasure
BACCARAT
Eagle Sculpture in French Crystal
Refined eagle crystal sculpture signed Baccarat, France. DIMENSIONS H 6.7 in. x W 4.73 in. x D 2.76 in. H 17 cm x W 12 cm x D 7 cm
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Mobili del Passato SRL
BACCARAT
Enamelled opaline floral glass vase by Baccarat
Prestigious French glassmakers Baccarat - responsible for some of the most beautiful glassware of the 19th Century - were the manufacturers behind ...
£4,500
Mayfair Gallery Ltd.
BACCARAT
Exquisite Baccarat Service
This superlative 128-piece cut crystal service is the work of the renowned house of Baccarat. Comprising glasses for red and white wine, champagne ...
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M. S. Rau Antiques
BACCARAT
French Ormolu and Cut-Glass Centrepiece by Baccarat Paris, circa 1870
A French ormolu or bronze and cut-glass centrepiece by Baccarat Paris, circa 1870. The center bowl supported on basket, flanked by two cherubs res...
US$22,000
Solomon Treasure
BACCARAT
Pair of Crystal Candlesticks
A pair of Baccarat crystal candlesticks. Refined with their particular shape move. Signed Baccarat France. DIMENSIONS H 5.91 in. x W 2.76 in. x D...
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Mobili del Passato SRL
BACCARAT
Pair of floral opaline glass vases attributed to Baccarat
These exquisite 19th Century French vases have been attributed to the famed French glass manufacturer Baccarat, the maker of some of the finest pie...
£2,600
Mayfair Gallery Ltd.
BACCARAT
Railway Truck Cave À Liqueur
A wonderful and rare cave à liqueur, or Gentleman's Liqueur in the form of a gilt and engraved railway truck. The set is complete with four crysta...
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M. S. Rau Antiques
BACCARAT
Vintage Baccarat Glass Ice Bucket
Large, beautifully cut glass ice bucket by renowned french glass makers Baccarat. Very heavy and of superb quality. Signed Baccarat to the base....
£575
Hampton Antiques