Aristide Colotte was born in Baccarat in 1885. After graduating, he became an apprentice at the crystal works and he very quickly specialized in cold working crystal and became a carver. In 1909, he was at the Nancy International Exposition. In 1920, he opened a metal and glass engraving shop in Nancy. In 1924, he was granted the title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France for metal engraving, and three years later the same distinction for cut glass. His fame very soon brought him orders from prestigious clients. Yet after making an honorary sword for Marshal Pétain, Colotte fell into disgrace for some years. His production was sparse, his career very brief—lasting only from 1926 to 1939—, and he made only unique pieces. He passed away in 1959.