French crystal maison Baccarat boasts 15 Meilleurs Ouvriers de France among its craftspeople (which it says is the highest number of individuals recognised for artisanal excellence at any French luxury brand) and these talents are bringing its new Haute Couture Collection of six handcrafted pieces to life.
The Les Oies Célestes vase (limited to 50 pieces, £9,100 each) – originally created for the Universal Exhibition of Paris in 1878 – takes inspiration from Iznik ceramics and oriental detailing in a delicate floral design embellished with a swirling gold and enamel trim. The sleek Iris vase (limited to 50 pieces, £7,600 each) – a design dating from 1909 – exemplifies Baccarat’s fine art nouveau creations and is cut, wheel-engraved and painted with a final delicate enamel flourish.
Vibrant shades of blue bring jewel-like brilliance to three pieces in the collection: the 1905 Saint Petersbourg decanter (new editions limited to 18 pieces, £11,500); the 1939 Coupe Arizona bowl (limited to 50 pieces, £6,200) highlighting the forward-thinking creativity of Georges Chevalier, Baccarat’s first artistic director; and the Agrion Joli bowl (limited to 25 editions, £4,800 each), a striking design recalling dragonflies. The Serviteur Muet (£23,900 and limited to 18 pieces), meanwhile, is a crystal dumbwaiter design from 1909, held aloft by four bronze putti – their arms raised joyously in a playful dance.