A Brief History of Pāte de verre
Pāte de verre is a time-consuming and labor-intensive form of glass casting that dates to the second millennium B.C. The Mesopotamians were the first to leave records of the process which they used for inlays in jewelry and sculpture. The Egyptians improved on their techniques, using pāte de verre in intricate mosaics and vessels between 1500 and 1000 B.C. The Egyptian word for pāte de verre translates to "stone that flowers," no doubt because of the gem-like quality of its color and light reflection.
In the 4th and 5th centuries, Persians used pāte de verre to produce exquisite vessels. Glass studios prospered across the Middle East through the 1st century A.C. and the process became increasingly refined.
Throughout this period and in all cultures, glass was a highly valued material and pāte de verre art was particularly prized for its fine detail and polish, and for the time and skill required to master it. Only the elite classes were able to afford pāte de verre objects.continue...