5000 Years of Glass
Paperback ISBN: 1770858261
Reviews of the UK edition: "Enough insight to satisfy the knowledgeable enthusiast and general facts to become an essential introduction for the novice." -- Antique Collector "Profusely and excellently illustrated." -- Royal Society of Arts Journal The fragile beauty of glass has ensured its popularity through the ages in forms ranging from simple beakers to decorative masterpieces. Along with five expert contributors, Hugh Tait traces the history of glass from its origins in western Asia some 5000 years ago, through the invention of glassblowing around the first century BC, to the introduction of mechanized processes and new styles in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The book highlights the flourishing industries of ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, the elegant vessels of the Islamic Near East, the superb mastery of Renaissance Venice. Bringing the story right up to date, the final chapter explores how artists have worked in glass from 1940 to the present day, showcasing the latest masters of the art form. Accompanying the authoritative text are 300 full color photographs of stunning glassworks from the British Museum collection. Extended captions describe each piece's historical context and construction. The book's chapters are: - Before the Invention of Glassblowing 2500 BC-400 AD - The Roman Empire 1st century AD-400 AD - Early Medieval Europe 400-1066 - The Islamic Lands 8th century-19th century, Chinese glass - Europe from the Middle Ages to the Industrial Revolution 10th-18th centuries - Europe and America 1800-1940 - The Decline of the Craftsman, The Rise of the Artist, 1940-2010. A special chapter at the end, Techniques of Glassmaking and Decoration, shows the superior skill and creativity required to make specific items in the book, which are cross-referenced. 5000 Years of Glass is the definitive book on the subject. Historians, all those interested in or inspired by the beauty of glass, glassblowers especially, will find it an interesting and attractive addition to their library.
The Art Glass of Louis Comfort Tiffany
Hardcover ISBN: 0865653046
"With auction prices of Tiffany lamps soaring, collectors are turning to Tiffany's highly desirable art glass, or Favrile glass. These luminescent vessels seize--and continue to hold--the imagination. Author Paul Doros explores the full range of remarkably diverse and innovative styles and forms that Tiffany Studios produced. Former Curator of Glass at the Chrysler Museum of Art, Doros spent twenty-five years studying and researching the subject. His definitive account is accompanied by David Schlegel's masterly photography, which captures the exquisite delicacy of the "Flowerform" vases, the dramatically dripping golden flow of the "Lava" vases, the dazzling iridescence of the "Cypriote" vases, and much more. A must for all lovers of Tiffany, art glass,and the decorative arts"--
The Best of Modern Swedish Art Glass
Orrefors and Kosta 1930-1970: With Price Guide
Hardcover ISBN: 0977779807
Despite the high level of collector interest in modern Scandinavian art glass, there have been few if any publications devoted exclusively to Swedish glass made from 1930-1970, and none that have attempted to provide the collector with the background needed to fully understand the forces that determine prices in this market. The author sets forth a concise history of the two major Swedish glass producers during their peak decades, identifies those artists and designs that are of primary importance, and assigns estimated values to these works. The focus of this work is on limited production, "high end" designs, rather than on the commercial output of these firms. The text is illustrated with color photos from the author's own outstanding collection as well as a number of illustrations supplied by Bo Knutsson Art & Antiques, perhaps Sweden's leading dealer in 20th century Swedish glass.