In 1764 King Louis XV of France gave permission to found a glassworks in the town of Baccarat in the Lorraine region in eastern France to Prince BishopCardinal Louis-Josephde Laval-Montmorency (1710-1802), the productionconsisted of window panels, mirrors and stemware until 1816 when the first crystal ovenwent into operation. By that time over 3000 workers were employed at the site.

Early in the nineteenth century, Baccaratdeveloped its own lead crystal production process that soon grew to berespected across the country, if not across all of Europe and all over the world. The exceptional quality of Baccarat glass worksresulted in commissions from kings to presidents around the globe such that, bythe midpoint of the century, Baccarat had gained international renown. Baccarat boasts thehighest number of award-winning Best Craftsmen in France, more than any otherFrench luxury House.

BACCARAT HAS DELIVERED perfection in craftsmanship and uniqueproducts have always been a main focus.