While we are touring the interior public rooms of the fabulous SS France, let’s take another break. The French Line had a reputation for employing the best designers and craftsmen, to achieve a travelling showcase of the best design that the country had to offer. This was just not limited to interior design, but went right through the whole design process right down to the toothpicks being used by the passengers.
One of the areas where the French Line excelled, especially on the France was the design and manufacturers of the glassware used on board. For utility pieces these are the ultimate in design. The design of glassware on the France remained virtually unchanged from the 1930’s when the glassware was manufactured by Lalique.
One of the changes made however was with the manufacturer and also the material used. Manufactured by Daum whose mantra has been “Art is the Ultimate Luxury”, these were beautiful objects to not only be drunken out of, but to be admired as well.
Manufactured completely out of 100% lead crystal, and then highlighted with the CGT logo in a frosted contrast, these utility items whispered savoir faire to the user. With over 4,800 wine and water glasses alone, this was luxury on a grand scale for both First and Tourist class passengers.
Another service also by Daum consisting of liqueur and champagne saucers was also made. These are stunningly beautiful in various shades of green, with long elegant stems. It must have been an absolute pleasure to hold one in one's hand and drink from them!
Another service of glassware commissioned from Crystal Saint Louise in their typical style, was also part of the First Class Service. This service consisted of liqueur glasses in blue with an incised clear cut out design. I am not exactly sure where these were used, however aren't they elegant?
So raise your glass and drink a toast to the savoir faire of the SS France!