January 5, 2018

20th Century Glass

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The stylistic trend for early to mid-20th Century glass closely mirrors the general changes and trends in design for the era.  In the early 20th Century Art Deco and other movements, including Bauhaus began the trend of simple lines and a move away from elaborate ornament.   Victorian styles were ornate and richly embellished.  The embellishment was achieved with painted glass, cut glass, cameo glass or simply in the form with embellishments in the overall design of the piece of glass.  In mid-Century we see glass forms became more sleek and streamlined.   The shape and color become more important than the ornamentation and decoration of the glass.   The shapes become more organic, and overall the pieces are more sculptural, and abstract.  If classic forms are used, they are taken and re-interpreted with this modern aesthetic in mind.   Depending on the country you are referencing,  glass use could be lost completely, or the design could be modified with the aim of ease of daily use.

Victorian Glass

Group of 6 Red Glass Tablewares Late 19th/Early 20th Victorian gilt metal mounted tazza oblong hinged box pitcher, New York Auction House, Houston Auction, Dallas Auction, San Antonio,
Painted ornament and metal mounted
Pair of Cranberry Glass Portrait Vases Continental 19th/20th century Victorian with portraits of young women, one reading a book New York Auction House, Houston Auction, Dallas Auction, San Antonio,
Painted glass
4 Pieces of American Cut Glass 19th C. 3 with Sterling Silver Mounts with hand-chased floral design, New York Auction House, Houston Auction, Dallas Auction, San Antonio,
Cut glass
Pair of Cased Cut Glass Vases French 19th century hand painted panels,New York Auction House, Houston Auction, Dallas Auction, San Antonio,
Painted vased
Large Cut Glass Vase American Early 20th C,New York Auction House, Houston Auction, Dallas Auction, San Antonio,
Cut glass

Early 20th Century

Tiffany Favrile Glass Paperweight Vase with Daffodil Decoration Early 20th C,New York Auction House, Houston Auction, Dallas Auction, San Antonio,
Tiffany Glass
Daum Nancy Fall Scene Cameo Glass Vase  trees in tones of yellow and orange along a river accented with green and yellow against a blue sky,New York Auction House, Houston Auction, Dallas Auction, San Antonio,
Cameo Glass
Cameo Glass Table Lamp and Shade French 20th C,New York Auction House, Houston Auction, Dallas Auction, San Antonio,
Cameo Glass
Tiffany Favrille Blue Glass Vase 20th C,New York Auction House, Houston Auction, Dallas Auction, San Antonio,
Tiffany Glass
Gabriel Argy Rousseau (French, 1885-1953), Pate de Verre Glass Vase Decorated with Scarabs ,New York Auction House, Houston Auction, Dallas Auction, San Antonio,
Lalique Amber Glass 'Morabito Paris' Terrapin Form Perfume Bottle French,New York Auction House, Houston Auction, Dallas Auction, San Antonio,

Midcentury

Two Italian Lime Green Glass Ewers mid to late 20th Century,New York Auction House, Houston Auction, Dallas Auction, San Antonio,
The ewer with the ribbed body is a neo-classical shape re-interpreted in a modern way
Two Italian Orange and Red Glass Vessels Mid 20th Century ,New York Auction House, Houston Auction, Dallas Auction, San Antonio,
Sculptural shapes
European Orange Cased Glass Vase Late 20th Century ,New York Auction House, Houston Auction, Dallas Auction, San Antonio,
Ashapenew
Three Similar Shaped Orange Cased Glass Vases Mid to Late 20th Century,New York Auction House, Houston Auction, Dallas Auction, San Antonio,
abstract shapesNew
Italian Grey Glass Ribbed Floor Decanter and Stopper, Mid to Late 20th Century made in Italy,New York Auction House, Houston Auction, Dallas Auction, San Antonio,
‍sculptural piece where use is divorced from the object – this decanter is 28 inches tall and is meant for decoration more than use for storing liquids

Red and Yellow Glass Decanter with a Shot Glass Stopper 20th Century,New York Auction House, Houston Auction, Dallas Auction, San Antonio,
Another form over function
Three Murano Yellow and Green Glass Desk Trays 20th Century,New York Auction House, Houston Auction, Dallas Auction, San Antonio,
‍organic, sculptural forms abstract

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