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Baccarat 19th Century Gilt Bronze Cut-Glass Tantalus

$8,254.97

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Baccarat 19th Century Gilt Bronze Cut-glass Tantalus  Liqueur set, C 1890 containing three decanters and stoppers and twelve liqueur glasses. The square-sectioned decanters cut with panels of fine diamonds between chamfered milled corners, with polygonal ball stoppers, the gilded bronze locking Tantalus stand including lyre-shaped ends embossed with torches, the central bar hung with a pivoting band of drapery and surmounted by a swan-neck handle, the openwork base plate modelled with classical ornament and further swans, the twelve cut liqueur glasses contained within the ormolu ornament at the base. Measures: Height : 12 inches Length :14 inches.

Details

  • Creator
    Baccarat (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 12 in (30.48 cm)Width: 14 in (35.56 cm)Depth: 6 in (15.24 cm)
  • Style
    Empire (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1890s
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU5548225414822

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    Ships From: London, United Kingdom
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About the Manufacturer

Baccarat

One of the world’s foremost crystal manufacturers, Baccarat has long been emblematic of luxury and exquisite craftsmanship. Starting in the early 19th century, objects produced by the French company — from stemware to chandeliers to brightly colored paperweights — became a staple of noble and wealthy households across Europe and as far afield as India. Along with the purity and quality of their glass, Baccarat crystal makers can boast a remarkable fluency with a range of design styles — from cut-glass neoclassical pieces to sinuously etched Art Nouveau designs.

Baccarat began as a kind of industrial development project. In 1764, the Bishop of Metz and other landowners in heavily forested northeastern France persuaded Louis XV to sanction a glassworks in the area — timber being a key resource required for the furnaces used in glass production. In its early years the company produced humble products such as window panes and simple drinking vessels. In 1816 a new owner began making crystal, and seven years later Louis XVIII — who had taken the throne after the defeat of Napoleon — gave Baccarat its first royal commission, for tableware. In ensuing years, an estimated one third of the company’s workforce was dedicated to commissions to the Russian imperial court alone.

Spurred by the intense competition between global industries in the latter 19th century — fought in public view in the many world expositions of the era — Baccarat elevated its level of artistry by adopting new technologies and creating a rigorous training program. The firm broadened its stylistic range, embracing Asian influences and new engraving methods, and increasing production of its now iconic millefiori paperweights. The designer George Chevalier, who worked for Baccarat for more than five decades beginning in 1916, ushered the company into the realm of modernist design. In recent years, Baccarat has employed such renowned contemporary designers as Philippe Starck and Marcel Wanders, ensuring that Baccarat crystal will continue to enjoy pride of place on up-to-date tables. But as you will see from the offerings on 1stDibs, Baccarat has items to suit any taste.

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