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Saint Gobain France Art Deco Coffee Side Table with Glass-Top and Aviation Decor

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This spectacular Saint Gobain France Art Deco coffee table is a functional and handsome piece for any home. Crafted out of blond walnut, the two-tiered round Gueridon features an extra thick round glass table top made by Saint Gobain, France, with impressive frosted aviation decor. Etched designs of airplanes, stars, and birds give this piece an unmistakable character that is sure to be admired. Add this timeless piece to your home today. There is no visible maker's mark. The cocktail table is in excellent condition, with no pronounced sign of wear. Measurements: The overall is 34.63 in diameter (88 cm) x 21.50 in height (54.5 cm). The wood base is 23.63 in wide (60 cm) x 22.82 in deep (58 cm) x 21.50 in high (54.5 cm). The Tabletop glass slab is 34.63 in diameter (88 cm) x 0.32 in thick (0.8 cm). Note: Compagnie Saint-Gobain History Compagnie de Saint-Gobain S.A. is a French multinational corporation founded by Louis XIV, the Sun King, in 1665 in Paris and headquartered on the outskirts of Paris. Originally a mirror manufacturer, it now also produces a variety of construction, high-performance, and other materials. Since the mid-17th century, luxury products such as silk textiles, lace, and mirrors were in high demand. In the 1660s, mirrors had become very popular among the upper classes: this expensive and luxurious product made it possible to richly decorate Italian cabinets, the Hall of Mirrors at the Chateau de Versailles, and occasional furniture. At the time, however, the French were not known for mirror technology; instead, the Republic of Venice was the world leader in glass manufacturing, controlling a technical and commercial monopoly of the glass and mirror business. As a result, French Minister of Finance Jean-Baptiste Colbert wanted France to become completely self-sufficient in meeting domestic demand for luxury products, thereby strengthening the national economy. Colbert founded the public company Manufacture Royale de Glaces de Miroirs in October 1665. To compete with the Italian mirror industry, Colbert commissioned several Venetian glassworkers to work for the company. The first unblemished mirrors were produced in 1666. Soon, the mirrors created in the Faubourg Saint-Antoine, under the French company, began to rival those of Venice. The French company produced mirrors 40 to 45 inches long (1.0 to 1.1 m), which at the time was considered impressive. During the Industrial Revolution (1789 - 1910), while mirrors remained their primary business, Saint-Gobain began to diversify their product line to include glass panes for skylights, roofs and room dividers, thick mirrors, semi-thick glass for windows, laminated mirrors and glass and finally embossed mirrors and windowpanes. Some of the more famous buildings that Saint-Gobain contributed to during that period were the Crystal Palace in London, Jardin des Plantes, the Grand Palais and adjacent Petit Palais in Paris, and the Milan Central railway station. Saint-Gobain experienced significant success in the early 20th century. In 1918, the company expanded its manufacturing to bottles, jars, tableware, and domestic glassware. During the 1910 - 1950 period, the company developed three new glassmaking techniques: first, a dipping process to coat car windows, which prevented the glass from shattering in the event of an accident. 10% of Saint-Gobain's 1920 sales came from the car industry, and 28% in 1930. Second, a unique technique allowed glass to be shaped and bent. Finally, a process for coating glass with aluminum enables it to be conductive. This new technology offered the possibility of producing elements such as radiant glass, a unique type of electric heater whose heating element is enclosed in glass. (Credit: Wikipedia).
  • Creator:
    Saint Gobain (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 21.5 in (54.61 cm)Diameter: 34.63 in (87.97 cm)
  • Style:
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques:
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    circa 1930
  • Condition:
  • Seller Location:
    Atlanta, GA
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: 7G340CDBACA1stDibs: LU1632236721652
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