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LES CRISTALLERIES SAINT-LOUIS. Actes Sud, Arles, 2015. Distributed in the U.S.A. by Artbook|D.A.P., New York. 160 pp. with 150 col. ills. 31 x 24 cm. ISBN 9782330049164 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Publisher's description: In 1767, King Louis XV of France conferred the title of "Royal glassworks of Saint-Louis" on the Muntzthal glass workshop in Lorraine, already in operation for 200 years. Fifteen years later, the workshop's crystal glass formula was perfected, and the site was renamed the "Royal crystal-works of Saint-Louis." Since 1829, the workshop has devoted itself solely to the production of crystal, and "Saint-Louis crystal" products--dinner services in the signature "Trianon" pattern and luminous decorative pieces, chandeliers and lamps, exquisitely hand-decorated in 24-carat gold or platinum--have become synonymous with a certain tradition of luxury and refinement. Les Cristalleries Saint-Louis charts the history of 19th- and 20th-century design and craftsmanship as expressed in Saint-Louis luxury crystal products, and explores how partnerships with contemporary designers have brought the brand, representing France's oldest glass manufacturer, into the 21st century.
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