The Art of Glass

The Art of Glass

The Art of Glass

The Art of Glass

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Many who have made no special study of glass get pleasure in looking at it. They would get more pleasure if without much effort they could obtain some knowledge of the history of the making of glass and of its decoration.

The collection that my wife and I have made has grown to such proportions as to provide a not uncomprehensive range of examples of the art of glass makers and of glass decorators, especially in the important European countries since the end of the XV century. For those whom they may interest I have written brief outlines of the history of glass making in Italy, in Spain, in France, in Germany, in the Rhineland and in the Low Countries, and in England. Students will recognize that these sketches have little or no originality but are built up from information obtained from various sources, care being taken not to include as facts statements that cannot be confirmed. In the attribution of the individual glasses an attempt has been made not to be didactic but to make evident any reasonable doubt as to where or when any piece was made.

I intended to make a similar sketch which might convey some information in regard to what was made in the Near East, the cradle of the industry, in the Roman Empire, and in China. The Near East includes Egypt (perhaps the birthplace of glass), Syria, Iraq, and Persia. In these adjacent countries the lives of the inhabitants were so interwoven that it seems an impossible task, at this date, to determine where any particular glasses were made or decorated, in the absence of definite data which exist in very few cases.

WILFRED BUCKLEY

October 8 1933 . . .

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