1848 saw the beginning of the mirror industry's "Golden Age" with commissions for great works linked to the manifestations of the new age: railway stations, libraries, galleries, department stores... The 1920's saw the invention of security glass, of tempered glass for motor cars and the famous Triplex that saved Clémenceau's life in 1919. From 1919, Saint-Gobain became the world leader in a renaissance in the manufacture of hollow glass, bottles and flasks.
The wealth of the Company's archives enable the display to include a surprising variety of objects: watercolours, drawings, mirrors, blocks of glass... images of Versailles, the extraordinary "glass house" and the stunning Coulhon pavillion of 1937.
Caroline Mathieu, Chief Curator, Musée d'Orsay, Maurice Hamon, paleographer-archivist
Didier Bondue, Director of the Saint-Gobain Archives assisted by Michaël Chkroun
Exhibition organised in collaboration with Saint-Gobain
Periodical48/14, La revue du musée d'Orsay, issue # 21, Autumn 2005
Musée d'Orsay / Réunion des musées nationaux