French Glass - (Glass) Glossary of Antique Terms G

French Glass - (Glass) The French, undisputed masters of stainedglass making in the Middle Ages, contributed little to domestic wares. The Italians made cristallo at Paris, Rouen, and particularly at Nevers; but the French themselves did not participate and were for centuries content to import enormous quantities of glass from Germany and England. However, it was a Frenchman, Bernard Perrot, who invented plate glass at the end of the seventeenth century. And in the nineteenth century the French did more than any other race to evolve new forms and revive old ones: pate de verre (glass paste), decoration in relief, the blending of soft colours, the influence of Japanese art.


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