COLLECTING
Thomaï Serdari on Fine Arts & Luxury
Cristallerie de Saint-Louis
Artisan working on a Saint-Louis crystal set by Hermès. © Thomaï Serdari

Artisan working on a Saint-Louis crystal set by Hermès. © Thomaï Serdari

Known to have operated since at least 1586, and continuously in production since the late 18th century, the crystal manufacture of Saint-Louis in France is still one of the most prominent in the world. The tradition of crafting crystal into exquisite objects that both serve a function and appeal to the senses is maintained and transmitted today under the auspices of luxury goods maker Hermès (current owner of the Saint-Louis operation). As part of Hermès’s “Festival des métiers,” artisans from the Cristallerie de Saint-Louis visited New York for six days and demonstrated with grace and eloquence the process of producing sets of crystal. An enchanting experience in itself, learning about the various processes of production and techniques applied to crystal-making only reinforces one’s desire to own a set of these beautiful objects. After all, their resilience as a utilitarian object through the centuries accentuates the power of artistic innovation and its application in transforming life into an aesthetic experience.

© Thomaï Serdari