André Delatte was born in Châtenois (Vosges, France) in 1887.
Far from the world of the art, he becomes a great banker. Among his customers were the Muller Freres family of glassmakers who become great friends. Andre Delatte visited the Muller Freres studios and discovered a passion for the glass. He then decided to leave the bank and study chemistry with the intention of becoming a glassmaker.
After his diploma, in 1919, he started a studio in Nancy (rue du Faubourg des 3 Maisons), where he decorated glass pieces made by the Muller Freres. Two years later, he builds his first furnace in Jarville, near Nancy and employed about thirty people. His talent for business enable his glassworks to prosper and soon the studios moved to Nancy (16 rue de Metz) and he is on a par with the most famous glassworks in Nancy.
He knew how to choose the most talented craftsmen to work in his company, such as Paul Maheux who managed the glass production. All the most beautiful pieces made in the glassworks in the thirties are the fruit of his work. André Delatte understood very well the Art Deco dawning and produced pieces that were the height of design and quality in this period.
In 1926, about 60 people were employed by his glassworks and his headquarters were located at Quai Ligier in Nancy. But the worldwide recession and the production coming from the East of Europe caused Delatte’s glassworks to close its doors in 1933.
In 1937, André Delatte moved to Cavaillon in the South of France and was successful in the insurance business.
He died in 1953 of a heart-attack during a stay in Toulouse where he was staying with his granddaughter. He is buried in Toulouse , near his family, but very far from Nancy.