Art glass

DEFINITION

A late 19th-Century glassware typically hand made, elaborately decorated, expensive, and usually monochromatic colors of peach, coral, opaque white, pink-to-yellow, rose amber, and blue-gray to pink. Color shading was achieved with heat variations and chemicals. Art Glass reflected sophisticated technological advancement and was popular because it served Victorian-era taste for fancy, decorative items. Amberina, made by the New England Glass Company from 1883 to 1888, was the earliest shaded glassware. In 1917, Libbey Glass Company, a successor company, reissued it. The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, features a wide collection of Art Glass. Reaction against Art Glass was Art Nouveau Glass made famous in the 1890s by New York jeweler, Louis Comfort Tiffany. Favrile Glass by Tiffany was irridescent, classical in style, and patterned on ancient glasses that were made from being buried for centuries in damp soil. Source: "The Britannica Encyclopedia of American Art"

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