This brand new book introduces both specialists and generalists alike to the remarkable world of glass manufacture and design from the Ancient World to the present day, as presented in one of the world's great collections of glass.Published on the occasion of the opening of the new Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art, designed by Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa, lead architects of SANAA Ltd., Tokyo, in 2006, this book draws on the superb quality of the collections at Toledo. The Museum has consciously collected the best examples of the glassmaker's art across all ages. Today the Museum is internationally renowned for the quality and scope of its glass collection. The Museum has trail-blazed new areas of glass collecting. Thanks to its founder, glass industrialist Edward D. Libbey, the Museum has collected art in glass for more than a century. The Museum was also the birthplace of the Studio Glass Movement in the 1960s. The opening of the Glass Pavilion will further enhance the Museum's leading position in this field of art - it will offer visitors the matchless experience of being able to see a broad range of historic glass next to studios where glass artists are creating works. In this way the Museum and this publication will provide a unique insight into the design and working of glass through the ages, all within the context of a purpose built art museum space. This volume presents more than 100 major examples of the glassmaker's art from ancient times to the present, accompanied by discursive texts written by leading writers. The combination of these thought-provoking entries and the wealth of illustration makes this title a must for specialist collectors and generalists alike.
This popular tour of sumptuous glass colors, decorative treatments, and forms (from baskets and bowls to sandwich trays and vases) produced by the famous Fenton Art Glass Company is back in a new edition, complete with new values for collectors. More than 840 color images provide a visual feast of the company's popular products, plus rare, unlisted, and experimental items. A brief history of the West Virginia company, listings of factory ware and mold numbers, a chronicle of the various colors produced in the many product lines, a bibliography, and values round out the eye-catching presentation.
- A product of 20 years of research, this totally revised edition of this work includes new chapters on The First Glass, Art Deco, Modernism, Post Modernism, cocktail shakers, as well as 2,000 new images - The definitive work on the subject and an essential reference book This encyclopedic new edition of The Decanter bolsters the book's reputation as the definitive work on the subject. Researched and written by Andy McConnell, journalist and long-serving glass specialist on BBC TV's Antiques Roadshow, The Decanter is born of twenty years' extensive research. This edition is enlivened by several new chapters and the inclusion of two thousand new photographs and illustrations, most previously unpublished. In presenting the subject across a broad timescale - ranging from ancient Mesopotamia to the modern day - The Decanter presents the history of glassmaking from a decanter perspective. The engaging, accessible text explores the stylistic and technical evolution of fine glassmaking alongside its influences and social uses. Drawing from thousands of documentary sources and benefiting from the knowledge and experience of scores of experts in Britain, Europe and the United States, The Decanter is the most comprehensive history of fine glassmaking ever published.
-The Glass collection of contemporary glass represents the greatest achievements by a large and diverse group of important American and international artists This publication commemorates the public unveiling of the Sherwin and Shirley Glass Glass Collection at the Flint Institute of Arts in its new wing, dedicated to contemporary craft. Amassed during a ten-year period by Atlanta-based collectors Sherwin and Shirley Glass, this contemporary glass collection represents the greatest achievements by a large and diverse group of important international artists. With glass masterworks by more than 85 artists representing 19 countries around the world, this collection shows an explosion of creativity in the medium of glass from the late 20th through the early 21st century. In this catalog, FIA Executive Director John Henry demonstrates why Flint, Michigan, is an ideal location for a contemporary craft wing; Habatat Galleries Founder Ferd Hampson discusses how the Glasses collecting interests represented a "quest for the best;" and Patricia Grieve Watkinson contextualizes the Glass Glass Collection within international and American glass movements. Contents: Contemporary Craft in Flint - John B. Henry; A Quest for the Best - Ferdinand Hampson; Tradition, Innovation, and Meaning: The Sherwin and Shirley Glass Collection - Patricia Grieve Watkinson.
It has long been a dream of Guido Mocafico's (born 1962) to photograph the masterpiece glass models of marine invertebrates and plants made by Leopold Blaschka (1822-95) and his son Rudolf (1857-1939). This book fulfills that dream and showcases the Blaschkas' unparalleled dedication to their craft.
Originally from Bohemia but based in Dresden, the Blaschkas worked from the mid-1800s until the 1930s. From clear, colored and painted glass they handmade their intricate models of invertebrate animals (including jellyfish, sea anemones, starfish and sea cucumbers) as well as plants--only on commission and for the purposes of study--mainly in Europe and North America. The objects were not sold to the general public and are today held in museum collections including those of Harvard University, the Corning Museum of Glass/Cornell University and the Natural History Museums in London and Dublin.
It was a difficult process for Mocafico to gain authorization to photograph the Blaschkas' creations, as most museums do not display these extremely fragile models. Nonetheless, Mocafico pursued the largest Blaschka collections throughout Europe and eventually gained access to photograph their hidden treasures in his trademark style.
This book, first published in 1995, remains the most detailed study of Jacobite glass ever undertaken, and the glasses are described against the compelling history of the Jacobite movement in the 18th century. Hundreds of detailed photographs of the engravings help to authenticate the genuine glasses in a field well known to be infested with fakes. This thirrd edition follows the same format as previous editions but is published in a more compact form, replete with an additional chapter. The diamond point engraved 'Amen' glasses are, without question, the most valuable of all Jacobite glasses and indeed one of the most valuable of any of the 18th century drinking glasses. Further studies have revealed that the 'Amen' glasses were engraved by the famous Scottish line engraver, Sir Robert Strange, and the evidence for this is provided in the final chapter.