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Glass - General
Glass and the practice of glassmaking has been central to human culture for millennia. But what started
as a utilitarian product has grown over the generations into a field of antique and vintage collectibles that is
immensely varied in its styles, shapes, and sizes.
Though glassmaking dates back to some of the earliest civilizations on the planet, it was not until
around the 13th century that the field blossomed as an art form. It was around this time that glassmaking
traditions took hold in Western Europe from Bohemia to Venice, establishing new glassmaking capitals and
introducing European audiences to the beauty and brilliance of well-made glass. In Venice, artists advanced
the potential of blown and colored glass, while Bohemian and German glassmakers further refined the
glassmaking process to render glass with remarkable clarity. Almost simultaneously, the Irish innovators at
Waterford developed crystal glass that rivaled diamonds with its sparkle.
Fueled by these advances in the field of glassmaking, the great glass producers of the 19th and 20th
centuries created brilliantly beautiful examples of glass that catered to consumers while also elevating the
field to an art form. From elegant Lalique or Verlys art pieces to the pristine perfection of Murano or
Krosno glass, the field of glass art for sale today is as diverse as the collectors who covet it.