Crystal originated in Bohemia and in England in the 16th and 17th centuries and for many years struggled to find the demanding path that men required of it, namely to artifially reproduce rock crystal. This quest for glacial purity engendered the same passionate dedication as for porcelain. When Louis 15th decided to create the first crystal works in the middle of the 18th century, cristal was considerated a precious material. Chandeliers, jewellery, ornamentation were among the crude imports from Bohemia and England.
Cristal de Sèvres participed in this odyssey by dedicating cristal to the art of tableware. Thus, once-neglected “drinking glasses” became true masterpieces.
THE RECIPE FOR CRYSTAL
Today the “recipe” for crystal has made enormous progress. This chemistry of transparency sometimes uses infitesimally small doses, but each manufacturer jealously guards his formula. The ultimate perfection of transparency is a driving force at Cristal de Sèvres whrer rigorous inspection of “material quality” is the first of a long succession of checks. The master glassmakers do not hesitate to stop any production that doesn’t meet these exacting criteria.
The eyesight and sense of touch of the master glassmakers of Cristal de Sèvres are the guarantee of this quality. Surprisingly the sense of hearing plays an important role: the resonance of piece in crystal is an integral part of its quality. A glass must emit a clear not.
Finally, a last intuitive check: even if its meets all criteria, the piece must also pass the “harmony of quality” test, as determinated by the glassmakers. it is no longer the eye that decides, but he soul.