BONIFASSI, Catherine and Ellen NIDDY. Baccarat, Two Hundred and Fifty Years.
(New York, NY): Rizzoli International Publications, Inc., 2013. First edition. Folio. 420 pages. Introduction by and essay by Murray Moss, additional essay by Laurence Benaim. The first book on the house of Baccarat, one of the oldest and most preeminent luxury brands in the world, renowned for its fine crystal creations. Baccarat celebrates more than 250 years as one of the most important and prestigious luxury houses. Acclaimed for its high-quality traditional craftsmanship of fine crystal stemware, barware, candelabra, perfume bottles, and jewelry, Baccarat is known the world over as a symbol of quality and refinement. Highlighting the extraordinary range of Baccarat's crystal creations–from its trademark iconic glassware commissioned by royalty and heads of state from around the world and throughout the centuries to their contemporary creative collaborations with star designers such as Philippe Starck, Andree Putman, Arik Levy, and Marcel Wanders–this volume showcases the enduring glamour and style of the most important crystalworks house of all time. With beautiful historic photographs and drawings from Baccarat's extensive archive, which display the incredible craftsmanship and technical innovations of the highly skilled glassblowers, glasscutters, engravers, and gilders, and captivating images from its advertising campaigns and celebrity clientele, Baccarat is a sumptuous celebration. Offering a lavish and in-depth look at some of the most stunning crystal creations in history, this volume is for anyone interested in design and craftsmanship.