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Corning Museum of Glass: A Decade of Glass Collecting 1990-1999

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The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, houses the world's premier glass collection, a dazzling array of more than 35,000 objects representing 3,500 years of glass craftsmanship and design. This lavish volume, a visual record of the most significant acquisitions made by the museum in the 1990s, presents a panorama of beautiful glass-making from all over the world.

A rare third-century portait medallion, glass figurines made in the early 17th century, a selection of the...

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Overview

The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, houses the world's premier glass collection, a dazzling array of more than 35,000 objects representing 3,500 years of glass craftsmanship and design. This lavish volume, a visual record of the most significant acquisitions made by the museum in the 1990s, presents a panorama of beautiful glass-making from all over the world.

A rare third-century portait medallion, glass figurines made in the early 17th century, a selection of the most celebrated English cameo glass of the 19th century, and fabulous works by leading contemporary glass artists are among the prized objects on display. Written by David Whitehouse, an expert in the field, and showcasing works suited to every taste, this is a book for collectors, dealers, students, scholars, and anyone who has ever admired hand-blown glass, fine lead crystal, and etched, enameled, gilded, or stained glass works.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY, houses a premier glass collection. Whitehouse, the museum's executive director, documents the most significant acquisitions made by the museum in 1990s, featuring a variety of international glasswork. Etched glass, beadwork, glass furniture, windows, jewelry, and molded glass are some of the featured forms. While most of the examples are from the Art Nouveau time period and later, examples from the Victorian era and earlier are also provided. This visually appealing book provides a varied, chronological overview for scholars, dealers, and general admirers of glasswork. Glass Art from UrbanGlass is another showcase of a vast array of glasswork with a more contemporary bent. The focus of this book is the work of 175 artists and designers associated with UrbanGlass: New York Center for Contemporary Glass. Yelle, the founder of UrbanGlass, presents more than 500 color images, providing an ample view of the contemporary glass art scene. Each page features photos of an artwork and the artist who created it as well as the artist's name, year of birth, and place of residence. Minimal commentary is provided, and the lack of an index is unfortunate. The Corning book provides more of an international overview of glasswork, while Glass Art gives a useful commentary on recent works. Both books are recommended for libraries collecting this subject area.--Jennifer Mayer, Univ. of Wyoming Libs., Laramie Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
This volume records the growth of The Corning Museum's premier glass collection in the 1990s. The detailed color reproductions illustrate about 200 objects created over a period of 2,000 years, from the last few centuries B.C. to the present. The tableware, mosaics, jewelry, stained glass, lighting devices and furniture represent a wide variety of ancient and Islamic, European, American, and art nouveau treasures, some of which were acquired by the museum as gifts. Informative captions accompany the images, and an introduction by David Whitehouse (executive director of The Corning Museum) provides a history of the collection. Also contains a chapter on the Rakow Commission (an annual award to encourage innovation in glassmaking), and an index of artists, designers, and factories. Oversize: 9.25x12.25<">. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810967106
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/28/2000
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 9.25 (w) x 12.25 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: A Museum Diary 7
Ancient and Islamic Glass 11
European Glass 15
American Glass 41
Art Nouveau to the Present 63
The Rakow Commissions 107
Donors to the Glass Collection, 1990-1999 117
Index of Artists, Designers, and Factories 127
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2001

    Genius in Glass Explored

    Two years ago I visited the Corning Museum of Glass, and I was amazed by what I saw. Dr. Whitehouse's book is a must-have guide to some of the most brillaint pieces in the Museum's vast archives (over 30,000 pieces if I remember correctly). Anyone who has any serious interest in glass ought to get this book (and visit the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY)

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