Crafts of Lorraine


The original Ordre du LÚvrier Blanc (White Greyhound) was founded by the Cardinal-Duke of Bar.

His daughter (Duchess in her own right) married into the royal House of Anjou and her son became known as the Good King RenÚ.  He, in turn, married the Duchess of Lorraine thus combining the Duchies of Lorraine and Bar.  

We have chosen this area, not only because we are based there, but also because it well illustrates how a region usually associated with industry is really rich in craftsmen.  Many of these are not finding life easy.

The followng is a summary of some of these products  - concentrating especially on glass fabrication:

Niderville, Famous for its Faience

Sarreguimines, Hand-blown crystal

Daum, original designs

Meisenthal, Christmas Tree Decorations


Real Gold from Saint Louis, France's oldest crystallerie

Stained Glass (Chagal), Metz Cathedral


Baccarat crystal, the world's finest

Place Stanislas,  Nancy

Vosges, centre for  lace and embroidery

Mirecourt.   centuries of   musical instruments    

Long tradition of wood-burners

Islettes en Argonne.   Ducal coat-of-arms

Lorraine is France's centre of bronze and iron work

Cast Iron