History of the Maison Baguès

Histoire de la maison Baguès

The Origins

Baguès was born in Auvergne around 1840 and became famous internationally as a creator of art lighting. In the beginning it specialized in liturgical bronze and the company quickly developed by the end of the 19th century thanks to bronze lighting brought about by the generalization of electricity.

During the 1920s, Victor and Robert Baguès enlarged the bronze lighting collection of their father and created their own iron models: the range Baguès is composed of Parrots & Foliage chandeliers and wall sconces.

The Development

Some of the most well known art directors and decorators of that time appeared in the Baguès order books, to include: Jansen, Raymond Subes, and Armand Albert Rateau. The latter who, in 1928, created the arrangement for the decoration of Jeanne Lanvin’s mansion.

In between both wars, the development extended onto the international stage, and permanent establishments were created in New York, Rome, and Cairo. The activity also extended into the manufacturing of stairway banisters and metal gates, which are still in position in numerous places in Paris, such as the Golden Door and the Theater of the Champs-Elysees.

In our days

Today nestled under the Viaduct des Arts, Baguès pursues the edition of its oldest models, whose elegance is a reference on the subject.

However, concerned about preserving its precious heritage, the company devoted itself to the restoration of collectible pieces.
Its prestigious past has also been enriched with new creations imagined by major designers such as Garouste & Bonetti.

In its workshops, iron and bronze are shaped according to traditional techniques. Chandeliers, lamps and wall sconces are leaf gilt gold or silver leaf, and the crystals are hand assembled.

The Maison Baguès remains, for many decorators, a synonym of elegance and a guarantee of excellence as the most beautiful models of our Collection are re-edited for large French and international decoration offices such as Alberto Pinto, Pierre Yves Rochon, and Nina Campbell, who have used them to set up lighting in the Four Seasons George V Paris, The Ritz, The Savoy in London and the Royal Mansour in Marrakech.