A Price Guide to Baccarat Crystal and Glassware

Baccarat glass vases A pair of gilt and enameled cameo glass Baccarat vases, Baccarat paper label, late 19th/early 20th century. Sold for £750 via Bonhams (April 2017).

Imagine dedicating fifteen years of your life to mastering the expert skills of crystal glass-making. This is the standard expected still today of the craftspeople associated with Baccarat crystal, one of history’s most acclaimed houses for glass and crystal wares. Baccarat glass has beguiled audiences for more than two centuries with brilliant beauty and expert craftsmanship. Here, we explore some of the most popular Baccarat glassware and how Baccarat continues to uphold the traditions of the company, which rose to prominence in the eighteenth century during the reign of France’s King Louis XV.

A Brief History of Baccarat Crystal

Established in 1764 as a small glassware manufacturer in the eastern French hamlet of Baccarat, the factory excelled in its early years with a focus on glassware and mirrors, but slowed in its production with the onset of the French Revolution. Early in the nineteenth century, however, Baccarat developed its own lead crystal production process that soon grew to be respected across the country, if not across all of Europe. The exceptional quality of Baccarat glass works resulted in commissions from kings to presidents around the globe such that, by the midpoint of the century, Baccarat had gained international renown.

One of the factors that has contributed to the success of Baccarat crystal is that while they have developed signature styles now synonymous with the company’s tradition — such as Baccarat’s “Harcourt” line of glassware — their designers have also continued to  innovate along with the trends and styles that have become popular over the years. This fluidity, combined with the expert craftsmanship behind each design, has resulted in Baccarat’s perennial popularity. From their smaller, more affordable figurines to their more substantial pieces, the legacy and allure of Baccarat crystal endures today.

Baccarat Crystal Chandeliers and Torchères

By the end of the nineteenth century, Baccarat had made a name for itself as an internationally leading designer of elegant Baccarat crystal chandeliers and torchères. A testament to this status was their commission around this time for a monumental crystal chandelier and paired horseshoe balustrade for a main hall in Istanbul’s Dolmabahçe Palace, widely considered to be one of the largest crystal installations in the world. Baccarat’s chandeliers and torchères made for exceptional illumination as the crystal facets accented the glimmering candlelight or, in the case of their gasoliers, their gas-lit lamps. These pieces also showcased the pinnacle of Baccarat workmanship as many feature intricate designs.

Baccarat crystal chandeliers
Image 1: Large, Sumptuous and Exceptional Chandelier with 54 arms, in lapidated Baccarat crystal
Renascimento, Lisbon, Portugal (December 2014)
Estimate: €150,000 – €200,000
Price Realized: €150,000

Image 2: A French Cut and Moulded Glass Twenty Four Light Chandelier by Baccarat, c. 1883
Sotheby’s, London, United Kingdom (January 2017)
Estimate: £25,000 – £40,000
Price Realized: £62,500

Image 3: A French Ormolu and Crystal Thirty-Two-Light Chandelier by Baccarat, circa 1900
Christie’s, London, United Kingdom (March 2015)
Estimate: £25,000 – £40,000
Price realized: £60,000

Image 4: Baccarat Ruby and Glass Enameled Chandelier
DuMouchelles, Detroit, MI (November 2017)
Estimate: $15,000 – $18,000
Price Realized: $27,500

Image 5: Baccarat Crystal 18-Light Chandelier Signed
DuMouchelles, Detroit, MI (May 2017)
Estimate: $15,000-$25,000
Realized Price: $17,000

Baccarat Crystal Vases

It is in the vases conjured by Baccarat where collectors can find some of the best variety. From opulent ormolu accents or richly etched motifs borrowed from East Asian art forms to the milky translucence of opaline glass made popular in the mid nineteenth century, Baccarat crystal and glass vases have styles that can appeal to all collectors.  

Baccarat crystal vases
Image 1: A fine pair of Baccarat acid-cameo pink-cased opaline vases circa 1870
Bonhams, London, UK (May 2010)
Estimate: Est: £8,000 – £12,000
Sold: £15,000

Image 2: Pair of Baccarat Pink Opaline Cameo Glass Two-Handled Vases, c.1870
Waddington’s, Toronto, ON (June 2017)
Estimate: CAD1,000 – CAD1,500
Price Realized: CAD15,000

Image 3: Rare vase, ‘Rafraichissoir,” La Compagnie des Cristalleries de Baccarat, ca. 1865
Koller Auctions, Zurich, Switzerland (March 2014)
Estimate: CHF5,000 – CHF7,000
Price Realized: CHF9,500

Image 4: Pair of French Acid-Etched and Gilt Decorated Pink and White Opaline Cameo Glass Vases
Doyle New York, New York, NY (June 2018)
Estimate: $1,000 – $1,500
Price Realized: $6,875

Image 5: Near Pair of Baccarat Cut-Glass Vases
Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh, UK (March 2019)
Estimate: £600 – £800
Price Realized: £600

Baccarat Crystal Garnitures, Centerpieces, and Mantle Clocks

Beyond singular vases, Baccarat also excelled at decorative garniture sets, centerpieces, and mantel clocks. All popular means of decorating an elegant home since the eighteenth century, these pieces further reinforced Baccarat’s skills to respond to contemporary trends while also offering breathtaking designs. Garniture sets tend to top auction results as they are more rare to find still in their entire three-piece set, however singular centerpieces are no less exceptional.
Baccarat crystal garnitures
Image 1: Cristalleries de Baccarat “Garniture de Table,” Two Pairs of Gilt Bronze and Cut Crystal Sweatmeat Dishes, Paris, late 19th/early 20th century
Sotheby’s, New York, NY (October 2015)
Estimate: $4,000 – $6,000
Price Realized: $10,000

Image 2: A Late 19th century French clear, etched and frosted glass clock garniture by Baccarat
Chiswick Auctions, London, UK (December 2017)
Estimate: £4,000 – £6,000
Price Realized: £4,920

Image 3: Three-Piece Baccarat Gilt Bronze and Cut-Glass Figural Table, late 19th Century
Heritage Auctions, Dallas, TX (June 2018)
Estimate: $800 – $1,200
Price Realized: $6,500

Image 4: Baccarat Cut Glass Garniture
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Chicago, IL (May 2004)
Estimate: $1,500 – $2,500
Price Realized: $2,271

Baccarat  Glassware

As one of the earliest fields of Baccarat’s production, glassware and stemware proved one of the brand’s most successful divisions over the years. Beyond stemware sets commissioned by nineteenth-century French kings Louis XVIII and Charles X, or the line of colorful glassware designed for Tsar Nicholas II, Baccarat also created incredibly popular styles that permeated a wider market. One of these is the iconic “Harcourt” line, which was introduced in 1841 and included a novel flat-sided design.

Baccarat glassware

Image 1: Thirty-Seven Pieces of Unusual Baccarat Cut to Clear Crystal Stemware of Various Forms & Colors
Sloans & Kenyon, Chevy Chase, MD (June 2018)
Estimate: $900-$1,100
Realized Price: $21,000

Image 2: Baccarat “Harcourt” Stem and Bar Ware, 20th century
New Orleans Auction Gallery, New Orleans, LA (October 2015)
Estimate: $1,500 – $2,500
Price Realized: $6,150

Image 3: A Baccarat Part Suite of Glassware Retailed by Asprey & Co.
Christie’s, London, United Kingdom
Est: £2,000 – £3,000
Sold: £5,000

Image 4: Baccarat: A set of Liqueur Glasses & Bottles
Est-Ouest Auctions Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan (September 2009)
Estimate: ¥300,000-¥500,000
Realized Price: ¥320,000 (approx. $2,800)

Image 5: Baccarat Glassware
Marques dos Santos, Porto, Portugal (March 2015)
Estimate: €9,000 – €12,000
Price Realized : €475

Image 6: An extensive suite of Baccarat cut crystal glassware
Chiswick Auctions, London, United Kingdom
Estimate: £350 – £450
Price Realized: £450

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