"The Baccarat glassworks were established in 1764 by permission of Louis XV in the province of Lorraine at the foot of the Vosges mountain range. The natural surroundings, the plenitude of hard woods to stoke the furnaces, and the region's tradition of glass-making were the determining factors for choosing the little-known village of Baccarat. In 1816 the first furnace was kindled and masterpieces soon flowed from the fiery mixture of water, sand, potash, and lead." "Louis XVIII was the first monarch to grant Baccarat his patronage, followed by Charles X, Louis Phillipe, and the Emperor Napoleon III and his Empress Eugenie, the trendsetters of the Gilded Age. Sultan Abdul Mecid of Turkey illuminated his newly built Dolmabahce Palace on the Bosporus with giant Baccarat chandeliers, and orders such as twelve-foot-high candelabras from Tsar Nicholas II were so demanding that soon Baccarat had to set aside a furnace just for his needs. But the most extraordinary commissions came from India; thrones, settees, crystal tombs, and chandeliers so heavy that one brought down with it the roof of the Maharajah of Gwalior's palace. All the magnificence that epitomized French art de vivre is crystallized in this lovely book."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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