Philippe-Joseph Brocard began life as a restorer of glass, which gave him the capability of understanding in minute detail the techniques used. His first Works of Art in enamelled glass were presented at the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1867 and created quite a stir. Even then his most important pieces were enamelled glass mosque lamps. He continued to exhibit at international fairs and won a first prize at the Exposition universelle in Paris in 1878.
He was the first to revive this technique of large glass vessels with enamelled surface decoration copying Mamluk originals. Its popularity meant that he was copied in Paris by others including Emile Gallé who developed the style further.