Val St Lambert Cameo glass vase
Val St Lambert
cameo glass vase
signed VSL on side

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Val Saint Lambert Glass: A short explanation

Val Saint Lambert was an area of countryside and woodland a few miles south west of Liege, given to the Cistercian monks in 1202 to enhance the abbey they had built at nearby Citaux. By the end of the 18th century the Abbey at Val St Lambert was abandoned and in disrepair, and in 1826 the Cristalleries du Val St Lambert was founded in the old converted monastery buildings by M. Kemlin, a chemist, and M. LeliŤvre, from the VonÍche crystal works. They added new workshops and built houses (each one with a garden) for the Val St Lambert glassworkers.

Val St Lambert is still the major Belgian glassworks. It has always made a wide range of glass, the best Val St Lambert glass rivalling any in the world. They cooperated with other local glassworks when times were good, putting out orders for glass and sometimes buying up their neighbouring glassworks. By the mid 1920s Val St Lambert had four factories with some 4000 employees. It is very difficult to identify which Belgian factory made which glass, unless it is labelled. During the second half of the 19th century they made cut crystal glass and coloured Victorian styles, building on their reputation for art nouveau and art deco glass earlier in the century. More recently their reputation is high for cut and engraved glassware.

The small vase on the left is cameo glass with a carved shipping or canal scene and the signature VSL in script carved on the side.

Here are some books which include information on Val St Lambert glass. Click on the book cover or title to read more about that book or article.

Arwas glass 20th Century glass book Belgian Glass 1987 by Thiry 20th Century glass Millers 20th Century glass

  • The Art of Glass: Art Nouveau to Art Deco (1987) by Victor Arwas. This excellent book about all the major glassworks of the art nouveau and art deco period has eight pages of text and pictures about Val St Lambert glass.

  • Cristalleries du Val Saint-Lambert Catalog (1998) edited by The American Cut Glass Association and The Rakow Library of The Corning Museum of Glass.

  • Belgian Glass of the 20th Century .

  • 20th Century Factory Glass . by Lesley Jackson, 2000. Includes a 3 page section on Val Saint-Lambert.

  • 20th Century glass (2004) by Judith Miller. Chapter on Val Saint-Lambert with good pictures.

  • Millers 20th Century Glass by Andy McConnell, 2006.

  • Val St. Lambert (2001) by Mark Pickvet. Interesting article in the Glass Collectors Digest Volume XIV number 5, pages 34 to 39.

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