Posted 5 years ago
I rcently acquired this 2-volume set, "Le Verre: Art & Design" by Yves Delaborde, ACR publisher. Text in French. Published 2011.
Volume I is a history of French glass, from 1850 onwards, volume II, an encyclopaedia of biographies of makers, french glass terms and a chronology of French and world-wide developments in glass.
It will take a long time to assimilate all the information. However, for the first time in many years, I have begun to understand the major differences in glass production here in France, by comparison with other European countries.
One surprise is the inclusion of glass in architecture and furnishings, however Delaborde makes some very telling observations as to why.
It is not a small book, at 748 pages, with 2670 high-quality illustrations.
You will develop your muscles heaving the set on and off your bookshelves, as it weighs in at 7kg, 15.4lbs. :) :)
List price is 250€, though I have seen copies around the internet from 100€. However, this set is, imho, worth every last centime. Highly recommended.