With the industrial revolution under way, from the early 19th century onwards Saint-Louis devoted its entire production to crystal glass, following a technical and artistic line marked with many an invention and rediscovery. Saint-Louis crystal was held in the highest esteem throughout the world, admired in upper-middle-class dining rooms and imperial palaces, in the privacy of bedrooms and at presidential banquets alike. Alongside flower arrangements, lighting and fine food, the art of living with crystal glass flourished in all its splendour. Saint-Louis’ decorative and formal innovations led to gold medals and order books black with ink.
From the Restoration to Modernism, via Napoleon III, Art Nouveau and Art Deco, Saint-Louis drew the very essence of its identity from the great decorative arts movements of the 19th and 20th centuries. Today, contemporary design is opening the way to new possibilities in form and function.