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Album des principaux modeles de verres


Manufacturers des glaces & produits chimiques de Saint-Gobain, Chauny & Cirey

Album des principaux modeles de verres: produits spéciaux en verre coulé

Paris: Saint-Gobain, 1920s

Founded in 1665 under a letter patent signed by Louis XIV and as part of an attempt to undermine the Venetian monopoly over European glassmaking, the Manufacture royale de glaces d    e miroirs, (later, Saint-Gobain) initially specialized in mirrors. Its first notable commission supplied 357 mirrors for the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles in 1684.This trade catalog provides product samples of cast glass manufactured by Saint-Gobain in the early twentieth century.

Glass close-upOver time, the company provided glass for numerous noteworthy projects, including London’s Crystal Palace and Les Halles market in Paris.  Now a multinational corporation, Saint-Gobain’s expanded offerings range from shatterproof automobile glass to a variety of construction materials.  This unique item features examples of color-tinted and patterned glass designs, and is accompanied by a descriptive pamphlet.