Bacarrat is a glass company founded in the town of Baccarat in the Lorraine region of Eastern France. This factory was not the first in France to make glassware, but it has become one of the most famous for its range and quality of opulent glassware.
In the 19th Century, Baccarat’s work was a regular feature at exhibitions across Europe. In particular, they displayed milky ‘opaline’ glass vases that closely resembled fine porcelain.
The firm’s glassware was a favourite of many of the Victorian collectors who purchased it. It was also an important supplier of opulent lighting fixtures for royal collections and the opulent interiors of stately homes around the world.
Its glassware was engraved with patterns using either a stone or copper grindstone, or with acid engraving, where the glass is covered in bitumen and then dipped in acid to reveal the intended pattern. This process is often employed on vases and ewers, as well as on other items of Baccarat glassware.
Another recurring element in Baccarat’s glassware is the use of the’martingale’ system. It is a system of progressive betting that works well in baccarat, but which can also be used to play other casino games.
Aside from a range of engraved glassware, Baccarat also produces a variety of table services and drinkware. These include vases, water and tea services, decanters and wine glasses.
The company also produces a range of tableware for casino and nightclub owners. Its tableware is usually in a sleek, elegant style and is frequently engraved with intricate patterns, sometimes referred to as ‘baccarat design’.