Schneider was founded when Henri Wolf and two brothers, Ernest Schneider (1877 ~1937) and Charles Schneider (1881 ~ 1953), purchased a small glassworks at Epinay-sur-Seine near Paris in 1913. At first the company operated under the name Schneider Frères & Wolf, but before it could become properly established it was forced to close because of the outbreak of World War I. Afterwards it was relaunched as Société Anonyme des Verreries Schneider – the name of the company retained until it closed in 1938 – with Ernest in charge of business affairs and Charles as technical and artistic director. During this period items were signed Le Verre Français and occasionally Charder which confirmed the design was by Charles Schneider himself.
Charles Schneider and his two sons, Charles and Robert set up a new factory called Cristallerie Schneider in 1949. Although the factory adopted some of the techniques associated with the School of Nancy and used glass workers hired from Daum Frères, its glass was refreshingly modern in style and looked forwards to Art Deco rather than back to Art Nouveau. Charles Schneider senior died in 1953. The Cristallerie Schneider operated until 1957, when the works was destroyed by an explosion, and during that time they produced some beautiful lines in lead crystal blown glass, often with random internal bubbling. Schneider Art Glass was made until 1981 when the factory closed its doors for the last time.