Émile Pannier and the Second Empire changes
The 1867 International Exhibition in Paris is a very important event for Emile Pannier, as it’s his first participation alone. For the occasion, though he still keeps the name of his previous partner, he exhanges the place of the names, his own being read before Lahoche.
L’Escalier de cristal obtains a new bronze medal and many praises. Thus, we can read on the exhibition catalogue « Each exhibition is an occasion to triumph for l’Escalier de cristal ; its reputation seems no to get bigger, and it could take this proud old gentry houses motto : I will maintain. But in the industry, maintaining is progressing. Mr. Pannier-Lahoche, its young and smart director, knows it and prove it. The window displays that were given to him in the palais de l’Industrie are too small to contain all the masterpieces coming out his workshops.
He organizes in his stores in the Palais-Royal a permanent exhibition that allows to judge better the ressources and the importance of his house. It’s there that are set up in all their brigthness, the complete porcelaine tableware and the decorated crystals with gilt bronze mounted and old silver surtouts of which the house has made its speciality[…] ».
The important quality of its production brings to the store a more extended royal clientele. Such as the Tsar, the Austria Emperor, the Spain, Portugal, Prussia, Holland Kings, the Wurtemberg dukes and the Orange and Wales Princes.