The post-WWI period was a fertile period for creating art glass, and nowhere was Art Deco's vibrant spirit displayed more flamboyantly than in France, and no one was a more fervent, and more controversial, champion of Art Deco than Charles Schneider. As he was leading the charge into a new age, ahead of his time, he produced an immense variety of spectacular designs, which must have provoked controversy in those days.
Having apprenticed at the renowned firm of Daum Frères, the talented artist and glass designer Charles Schneider together with his brother Ernest, opened the family glass works at Epinay-sur-Seine in France. Called up for military service in WWI, they did not begin the production of art glass until after the war. Their new firm was destined to become a strong force in the French art glass field, both commercially and because of its creative impact, and they continued until the early thirties, when the worldwide depression derailed their business along with many others.
Charles was the genius behind designing their two lines of art glass, one signed Schneider or Schneider France, the other signed variously as Le Verre Français, Charder (a contraction of his first and last name), or with a half inch tri-color (red-white-blue) glass rod, sometimes called a 'candy cane', fused into the piece. The name for this kind of signature is "Berlingot" and it was used only for very early pieces.