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Loetz Glass: Jewels of Bohemia – The Art Nouveau Glass of Loetz Witwe

The freedom of spirit and expression that is immediately called to mind when one hears the word “Bohemia”—gypsies traipsing through wild lands in colourful dress, eschewing the trappings of money and classism to embrace music and adventure—is a natural fit with the principles of Art Nouveau, which championed a return to nature in its embrace…

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Caithness Glass: Highland Magic

Writing habitually about art glass and the history thereof is an experience that frequently mingles awe with a touch of sadness. The delicate beauty, intricate details, and sheer creativity that can be seen in so many great works of glass is enough to both take one’s breath away and to instil a renewed appreciation for…

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Decorative Glass Bowls: Rene Lalique

During the years that preceded World War 2 (roughly from 1920-1945), Rene Lalique’s glassmaking venture was at its zenith. The native of Marne, France, who first rose to prominence as a revolutionary creator of Art Nouveau styled jewelry, had moved on to pioneer Art Deco styled glass. His designs took the world by storm, and…

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Crystal Glass Ornaments: The Look of Luxury

Many people view crystal as a medium largely reserved for use in dinnerware and vases, but that is a sadly limited view of this wonderful and versatile material. With its unique ability to splinter light and cast rainbow hues around your home, crystal is worthy of a liberal application when one is decorating. Thankfully, many…

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Glass Perfume Bottles UK: A Marvel of Early Glassmaking

The modern perception of perfume bottles centres very strongly around French artists and designers, likely owing to the fact that it was a French artist (Rene Lalique, in partnership with Francois Coty) who introduced the concept of affordable yet creatively designed glass perfume bottles (that were actually sold containing perfume, a novelty at the time)…

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Stuart Crystal: The Shape of an Era

I have always found crystal to be uniquely magical, with its intricate facets breaking light into little shards of the rainbow, but I had little concept of where or how it was made until recently. As near as we can ascertain, crystal owes its origins to man’s desire to imitate nature, in essence; taking cues…

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Uranium Glass: Haunting Green Beauty

When I first heard the term “Uranium Glass,” my initial thought was, perhaps rather predictably, “They didn’t really use uranium in it, did they?” Yes, actually, they did — and it really does glow bright green in the dark, with the application of ultraviolet light (which, incidentally, is usually the best litmus test to identify…

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