Wonderful liquor carafe by one of the oldest cristalleries that exist: Saint Louis.
Saint-Louis since 1586.
Incomparable, dense, clear, clear and even more clear, born from a ball of fire and people’s breath. According to Saint-Louis, crystal is alive with all the talents that it inherited from history and unbelievable creative fantasy, inspired by the melody of time.
Cristallerie St-Louis was added to the Hèrmes Group in 1989.
The warm studio.
Melting the crystal determines the shape of the material. The oven and its pots, fire-proof earth, are dedicated to coloured crystal that is known as ‘mass’ or ‘doubled’. The basin oven is dedicated to the fusion of colourless crystal called ‘clear crystal’. The stabilisation of the material and the sturdiness of the objects are obtained by glowing, followed by a gradual cooling down.
The hot work is done by a team mainly consisting of ‘pickers’ that gather the material and present it to the master glassmakers who are responsible fo shaping it as soon as these objects are released from the blowpipe, and place them in the glow arch.
As the molten material sticks better to a hot element, the picker heats his steel rod to catch the crystal that is taken from the oven and has a temperature of 1,450 degrees. The molten crystal quickly reaches a temperature of 950 degrees. This material will be malleable until it reaches a temperature of 650 degrees. It is shaped with the help of tools of the glassblower and the hands of the glassblower are stretched out to pick, blow, manipulate, flatten, stretch etc.
Wooden tools that come into contact with the high temperatures produce carbon which is a known lubricant, which makes it easier to shape the material.
The way the molten material is handled and the tools used by the glass professionals are the same as those from the past centuries. The belong to the production heritage of Saint-Louis and are one of the keys to maintain the know-how.
The glassblower controls the behaviour of the material by his moves, his breath and his observations and determines the decisive moment of each action. Still, there is a long way ahead to complete the product: it will pass through many hands and workshops.
Cutting is only possible after an essential step called ‘compassion’.
The matrix of the entire reach of the Saint-Louis dimensions is a compass consisting of hand-drawn (short-lived) markings that limit the heights and number of the distributions of the pattern, proportional with the shape of the object.
Cutters, including many ‘Meilleur Ouvrier de France’, do their work rigorously, depending on this grid of vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines. The object is held against the cutting disc under an uninterrupted water jet to prevent overheating and fracture.
The handheld format offers various possibilities for creating the basic shapes of the cutting stones: rounded, square, triangular. Each dimensions can be individually applied or endlessly combined with others, enabling Saint-Louis to continuously enrich their decors. The rough notch makes the crystal matte and the gloss returns after the hand-polishing or an acid bath.
This carafe is in perfect condition and stamped on the bottom with the signature of Saint-Louis.
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