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date: 19 October 2019

Pâte de verrelocked

  • Gordon Campbell


Glass that resembles semi-precious stones; made by firing a paste of crushed glass bound with water and an organic gum. The process originated in ancient Egypt, and was revived in the 1880s by the French sculptor (César-Isidore-)Henri Cros, who in 1891 was provided with a studio at the Sèvres Porcelain Factory for the production of pâte de verre. The technique was subsequently used for the production of glass vessels by Albert-Louis Dammouse and François-Emile Décorchemont.

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