Glass Eye

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Object Name: 
Glass Eye
Accession Number: 
93.3.73-5
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
possibly 1850-1887
Web Description: 
After hearing complaints about the fragility of artificial glass eyes made in Paris, Leopold started making them for people and for taxidermied animals. Though he never anticipated glass eyes becoming a large part of his business, their high quality and realistic appearance brought in many customers, compelling Leopold to continue their production until at least 1887. This box remained in the Blaschkas’ studio until it was acquired by the Museum from their descendants in 1993.
Provenance: 
Botanical Museum of Harvard University, Source
1993-11-09
Pones, Gertrude (German), Former Collection
Technique: 
Primary Description: 
Glass eye, hotworked.
From the Darkness of the Sea: The Cornell Collection of Blaschka Glass Invertebrate Models
Venue(s)
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art 2017-09-02 through 2017-12-24
The historic collection of glass marine animals by Leopold Blaschka (1822–1895) and his son Rudolf (1857–1939) was acquired by Cornell in 1885 for use in teaching in the sciences. This exhibition will feature a selection of these unique sculptures and the Blaschkas’ drawings following a 2016 exhibition at the Corning Museum of Glass.