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Is Baccarat lead crystal?

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Is Baccarat lead crystal?
Yes, Baccarat is lead crystal. In order for a work of glass to be deemed “lead crystal,” its chemical composition needs to contain no less than 24 percent lead oxide. Historically, crystal glassware referred to decorative tableware and drinking vessels that was made of leaded glass. Today's "lead-free crystal" is made with barium oxide, zinc oxide, or potassium oxide instead of lead.

One of the world’s foremost crystal manufacturers, Baccarat has long been emblematic of luxury and exquisite craftsmanship. While glass chandeliers were quite popular lighting fixtures for palatial homes in the 19th century — and they still bring welcome drama to a space — Baccarat chandeliers were different from the rest of the world’s supply. 

At the time, artisans at Baccarat added nickel oxide to their leaded glass mixture during the manufacturing process, which made for a perfectly clear rock crystal imitation. Owing to distinct and innovative processes like these, which yielded strikingly clear pieces of glass, Baccarat chandeliers and pendants — as well as the company’s decorative objects, serveware and other glass pieces — were soon prized as symbols of wealth all over the world.

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French 19th Fifteen light Signed Baccarat Crystal and Bronze Chandelier
By Baccarat
Located in Fairfax, VA
19th century fifteen light signed Baccarat crystal and bronze chandelier. Professionally rewired and ready for installation. Measurement: width 30", body height only 36" fully instal...
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Antique 19th Century French Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Bronze

Twelve Branch Bacarat Crystal Chandelier
By Baccarat
Located in London, GB
Fabulous Baccarat Crystal Chandelier This Chandelier has a beautiful Cut Crystal Central Stem and Each Arm has Sparkling Crystal Pendants that Reflect Beautifly When Lit Baccarats si...
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20th Century Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal

Twenty-Four-Light Baccarat Crystal Chandelier
By Baccarat
Located in New Orleans, LA
This outstanding crystal and doré bronze chandelier crafted by Baccarat is truly a splendid sight to behold. Of monumental size and opulent design, it bears all the hallmarks of that company’s exceptional style. This stunning 24-light piece is composed of Hundreds of beautifully designed, oversized, luminous prisms and beads of hand wood-polished crystal hang from scrolling branches of doré bronze. A large ball pendant and a central crystal column provide a sense of weight and substance to this ethereal design. The French House of Baccarat has been internationally recognized for its magnificent glass creations for over 200 years. During the mid-19th century, their chandeliers and tableware were favoured greatly by European royalty, including Louis XVIII, Charles X, Louis Phillipe, Emperor Napoleon III, Czar Nicholas II...
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Antique 19th Century French Empire Revival Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Crystal, Bronze

Baccarat Gilt Bronze Chandelier
By Baccarat
Located in Pasadena, CA
This a great example of a small Baccarat gilt bronze and cut crystal chandelier. The chandelier dates to the late 20th century. The quality of the bronz...
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Late 20th Century French Rococo Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Crystal, Bronze

Large Chandelier In Gilt Bronze And Baccarat Crystal
By Baccarat
Located in BARSAC, FR
Magnificent large cage-shaped chandelier in gilded bronze presenting a beautiful and generous ornamentation in Baccarat crystal composed of large pendants, daggers (4 daggers in the ...
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Antique Late 19th Century French Louis XV Chandeliers and Pendants

Materials

Crystal, Bronze

Large Antique Bronze Baccarat Crystal 12 Bulb Chandelier
By Baccarat
Located in Houston, TX
Step into elegance with our Baccarat chandelier, a masterpiece of light and luxury. Crafted with precision and passion, this exquisite fixture exudes opulence in every facet. Gleamin...
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Early 20th Century French Louis XVI Chandeliers and Pendants

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Crystal, Bronze

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