Founded in 1905 by Joseph Vervloet, Maison J. Vervloet-Faes began by making handles, cremone bolts and other decorative hardware from early French and Flemish patterns using the “cire perdu” or lost-wax casting method. Their rare collection of patterns is often quite consistent with those of Fontaine et Cie (represented by Russell & Erwin as early as the mid-eighteenth century in the United States), Maison Sterlin, and Maison Picard. Vervloet-Faes also continues to produce the finest collection of Art Nouveau hardware, designed by Belgian architects Victor Horta and Hector Guillemard in the 1920s, as well as other more modern pieces.
Today, the firm's metal workers, beneficiaries to the original master bronze craftsmen, continue the tradition of hand molding, casting, and finishing the purest bronzes and brasses. Their chasing techniques and abilities are considered among the best in the world.