Four Square

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Object Name: 
Four Square
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Overall H: 13.4 cm; Base W: 24.6 cm, D: 24.2 cm
Not on Display
Web Description: 
This small sculpture is from the series of "eye" forms inspired by Littleton's interest in the refractive properties of glass. Each hemisphere was cut from a thick-walled ovoid form made on the blowpipe. As Littleton explained it, "The cut surface lets you see into the wall of the hemisphere, and the light is concentrated by the curving sides and reflected back out the cut edge. This gives a rich, deep, intense colored circle of light."
Littleton, Harvey K. (American, 1922-2013), Source
Primary Description: 
Transparent selenium amber and light yellow non-lead glasses; blown and cut. Four groups of four thick concentric inverted domes rest atop a low profile square-shape base; all cut surfaces are ground and polished; scratch engraved on side of base: "Harvey K. Littleton 1975".
Corning Museum of Glass 2011-11-17 through 2013-01-06
West Bridge show at CMoG
Glassmaking: America's First Industry
Strong Museum 1990-04-17 through 1990-04-29
Contemporary Glass Vessels: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2015) illustrated, p. 28, 74-75 (fig. 43, plate 14); BIB# 149403
A Short History of Glass (1990 edition) (1990) illustrated, p. 106, 108; #92; BIB# 33211
A Short History of Glass (1980 edition) (1980) illustrated, p. 88, #89; BIB# 21161
Recent Important Acquisitions, 18 (1976) illustrated, p. 248, #45; BIB# AI97753
Glassmaking: America's First Industry (1976) illustrated, p. 32, fig. 32; BIB# 28025