Jules Barbet, one of the leading gilders and glass enamellers of the late 19th century, was born in Paris in 1847, where he later trained as a decorative painter. After the death of his wife during the Siege of Paris (1870-1871) during the Franco-Prussian War, Barbe moved his family to London.
Barbe settled in Stourbridge, and went to work for Thomas Webb & Sons, where he worked until 1901 in close collaboration with the chief artist and glass engraver, George Woodall. Barbet then became a freelance decorator, doing work for various glass manufacturing companies. He died at the age of 79 after World War I in Switzerland.
Jules Barbet often worked in the Japanese style and was one of the leading gilders and enamellers of his generation. His work has represented Thomas Webb & Sons at international exhibitions. In particular, at the Paris World Exhibition of 1889, where Thomas Webb & Sons products were presented at the Tiffany and Co.
Barbet often used the method of embossed gilded decoration in his works, using a paste of gold, mercury and other ingredients. Then the product was fired in a muffle furnace on oak wood. After the glass was annealed, the gilding was polished with rotating glass brushes.