In Paris Art and Culture.
In 1767, Rene Francois Jolly founded a local glassworks with a warrant from Louis XV and named it the Verrerie Royale de Saint-Louis (Royal Glassworks of Saint-Louis), in honor of Louis IX. The Saint-Louis works perfected crystal in 1782, became an incorporated company after the Revolution, and subsequently had a dramatic history, falling into German hands after the war of 1870 and returning to the French fold in 1918. Saint-Louis devised and manufactured perfume bottles for houses including Coty, Piver, Patou, and Chanel, and employed eminent designers such as Emile Galle, Desire and Eugene Muller, Rene Lalique, Maurice Dufresne, Jean Sala, Max Ingrand, Jean Luce, and Jean Cocteau, not to mention Raymond Loewy and Victor Vasarely. Acquired jointly in 1989 by Hermes and the glass- and phial-maker Pochet, Cristal Saint-Louis has rekindled its relationship with leading glass designers of the day, including Olivier Gagnere, Martin Szekely, Hilton McConnico, Petr Vadura, Serge Mansau, and Teleri Ann Jones, whose Bubbles service of 1992 is a bestseller. More recently, the late Rena Dumas designed a collection of glasses and carafes in fractal crystal entitled Lydee.
Open 10:30am to 6:30pm. Closed Sunday.
13, rue Royale, 8th