All About Glass

All About Glass

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An Unusual Fragment of Cameo Glass
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The subject of this note is a fragment of cameo glass [59.1.509] (Figs. 1 and 2), now in The Corning Museum of Glass, that was formerly in the collection of Ray Winfield Smith. 1 It was shown in the 1957 exhibition Glass from the Ancient World as part of a group of early Islamic cameo glass, which

Glasses with American Views
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Glasses engraved with scenic views or important buildings are part of a Germanic tradition dating to the eighteenth century. Similar commemorative glasses are noted in England, e.g., the well-known Sunderland Bridge rummers, but they are less common in English glass. Germanic glasses with this type

Glass for the King of Siam: Bernard Perrot’s Portrait Plaque of King Louis XIV and Its Trip to Asia
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In 2004, The Corning Museum of Glass acquired an oval cast glass plaque with the portrait of King Louis XIV (Fig. 1) of France (r. 1643–1715). It is the second plaque of its kind in the museum, and one of eight examples that are known (3 in the catalog below). This plaque was not purchased so that

Enameled Glass Vessels, 1425 B.C.E.–1800: The Decorating Process
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The earliest glass vessel decorated with enameling dates from about 1425 B.C.E. 1 It successfully combines one of humankind’s oldest creative urges (the desire to draw on things) with one of the most advanced technologies of the ancient world (glassmaking). Today, essentially the same process

Mythological Beakers: A Re-examination
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In 1972, Gladys Davidson Weinberg published a study of 24 vessels and fragments of a type of first-century A.D. mold-blown glass known as a mythological beaker. 1 While subsequent publications have included individual beakers and fragments, they have not been surveyed again as a group, 2 and they

The Glastenbury Glass Factory Company
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Presented here is a report of the excavation of the Glastenbury Glass Factory Company site in conjunction with the documentary evidence on the production and operations of this factory. This excavation, prompted by the imminent eradication of the site by the relocation of Connecticut Route 2 the

Gloucester Glass Works
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Clementon, New Jersey circa 1800-1825 The Gloucester Glass Works was apparently established about 1800 and from that date until about 1820 made a variety of bottles typical of the period. 1 From then until about 1825, the works seem to have been used for the production of window glass. On December

Documented Use of Cup Plates in the Nineteenth Century
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Cup plates are an example of the specialized items in ceramics and glass with which Victorian ladies liked to clutter dinner and tea tables. Later in the century, these small plates were joined by a host of other "special" items: ice cream sets, berry sets, lemonade sets, and dishes for

"The Rebuttal of the Glassmakers"
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One of the remarkable periodicals in the Chambon collection, which was acquired by The Corning Museum of Glass in 1983, is entitled La Revanche des verriers: Organe officiel des travailleurs du verre en Belgique. 1 This publication was brought to the attention of the Museum's librarians by two

A Mold-Blown Bottle from the Workshop of Titianus Hyacinthus
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This note describes and illustrates a mold-blown square bottle with an inscription on the base. 1 Description The bottle (Fig. 1) is 18.9 centimeters high and is made of transparent bluish green glass. The body was blown in a mold with four vertical sections and a separate baseplate. The object is

Glass Lantern, Research Shed Light on 1860 Political Group
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Late in 1993, The Corning Museum of Glass received as a gift a brass lantern with a red glass globe [93.4.102] inscribed "ELMIRA WIDE AWAKES/ G.L.SMITH/CAPTAIN" (Fig. 1). This lantern had a mid-19th-century look, and I thought it might be an early product of the Corning Glass Works. I was

An Observation on the Corinth Diatretum
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A great deal of attention has been directed toward understanding how Roman vasa diatreta were made. 1 Many of those who have handled the objects are convinced that they were made by deep cutting and undercutting heavy-walled blanks. Others have proposed explanations which require that the posts

The Chemical Composition of a Faience Bead from China
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During the past few years, there has been a vigorous renewal of interest in the study of ancient Chinese glass. This has been prompted largely by recent archaeological finds and by the availability of new scientific laboratory techniques for studying glass objects. Research in the past decade by

East Meets West: Cross-Cultural Influences in Glassmaking in the 18th and 19th Centuries
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Beginning in the 13th century, the philosophies, scientific discoveries, and artistic achievements of East Asia gradually became known in Europe. The Chinese began large-scale international trade during the Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279), exchanging goods with Western merchant travelers. 1 The

Virtual Water
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Brad Copping's Virtual Water was selected for New Glass Review 36 (2015).

SYN
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Aesa Bjork's SYN was selected for New Glass Review 36 (2015).

Euplectella
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Matthew Szosz's  Euplectella was selected for New Glass Review 32 (2011).