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Glass Sculptures

Glass sculpture is often revered for its perceived fragility and delicateness. Developed in Ancient Egypt and brought to the forefront by the Romans, glass sculpture was taken to its highest levels as a valued decorative art at the turn of the 19th century when ateliers such as Tiffany and Steuben Glass Works created stunning glass art as never seen before. At this time, Art Nouveau artists such as René Lelique and Émile Gallé also began to make use of glass in their works.

In the development of glass sculpture, a variety of techniques have been used and perfected over the centuries. In modern glass studios, the ancient technique of glass blowing is still prominent. With this approach, the glassblower uses metal rods and other hand tools to blow and shape molten glass at a furnace, allowing the artist to be improvisational. Cast glass, a technique usually reserved for large scale sculptures, requires the artist to make a mold out of refractory, plaster, or sand and silica which is then filled with glass. Flame-work glass uses torches and kilns to shape their work, allowing for a great level of detail.


Quick Facts

  • In the 19th century, cameo glass was revived for the first time since the Romans
  • Glass blowing techniques were once highly coveted and secretive; it was not uncommon for glassblowers to be held hostage for fear of their knowledge leaking
  • Having notable movements throughout many regions of the world including Australia, Japan, Belgium, and the Netherlands

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DINO ROSIN "MANTA RAY" MURANO GLASS SCULPTURE
Oct 08, 2:00 PM EDT
DINO ROSIN "MANTA RAY" MURANO GLASS SCULPTURE
by Florida Estate Sales Inc.
Est: $750- $10,000
$1,05010 Bids
Jon Kuhn Cube
Oct 22, 10:00 AM MST
Jon Kuhn Cube
by Larsen Art Auction
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$2,2503 Bids
Signed Art Glass Conch Shell Sculpture
Oct 08, 10:00 AM MST
Signed Art Glass Conch Shell Sculpture
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
Carole Perry Blue and Black Basket
Oct 22, 10:00 AM MST
Carole Perry Blue and Black Basket
by Larsen Art Auction
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5001 Bid
Sabino French Opalescent Glass Gazelle Figurine
Oct 11, 12:00 PM EDT
Sabino French Opalescent Glass Gazelle Figurine
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $25- $200
$251 Bid
BrainRoy - Sculpture Dollar, Hommage à Andy Warhol
Oct 16, 6:00 PM CEST
BrainRoy - Sculpture Dollar, Hommage à Andy Warhol
by TGP Auction
Est: CHF900- CHF1,100
CHF4251 Bid
Murano Glass Textured Palm Tree Sculpture
Oct 11, 12:00 PM EDT
Murano Glass Textured Palm Tree Sculpture
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $50- $500
$251 Bid
Judi Elliott, Australia (b.1934), Cross, Kiln formed frosted, coloured glass
Oct 05, 6:00 PM AEDT
Judi Elliott, Australia (b.1934), Cross, Kiln formed frosted, coloured glass
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD200- AUD400
AUD1001 Bid
Flautist, 1954
Oct 06, 2:00 PM CEST
Flautist, 1954
by Bertolami Fine Art
Est: €0- €0
€4,8000 Bids
Sonja Blomdahl Pink and Orange Sphere
Oct 22, 10:00 AM MST
Sonja Blomdahl Pink and Orange Sphere
by Larsen Art Auction
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$1,1000 Bids
Walter Furlan Untitled
Oct 22, 10:00 AM MST
Walter Furlan Untitled
by Larsen Art Auction
Est: $1,000- $3,000
$5000 Bids
William Carlson Untitled
Oct 22, 10:00 AM MST
William Carlson Untitled
by Larsen Art Auction
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$1,5000 Bids
Kreg Kallenberger Glass Sculpture
Oct 13, 9:00 AM EDT
Kreg Kallenberger Glass Sculpture
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5000 Bids
Umberto Mastroianni (Italian,1910-1998),
Oct 25, 9:30 AM BST
Umberto Mastroianni (Italian,1910-1998),
by Sworders
Est: £1,000- £1,500
£8000 Bids
Rollin Kerg Abstract Art Glass Sculpture
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
Rollin Kerg Abstract Art Glass Sculpture
by Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Glass Eye Studios, "Ornament (Santa White)" Hand Blown Glass Sculpture (Second).
Oct 09, 10:00 AM PDT
Glass Eye Studios, "Ornament (Santa White)" Hand Blown Glass Sculpture (Second).
by Robinhood Auctions
Est: $60- $75
$400 Bids
Bryan Rubino Red Balloon Glass Sculpture
Oct 08, 10:00 AM EDT
Bryan Rubino Red Balloon Glass Sculpture
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $125- $175
$1000 Bids
WHITE AND BLACK HOURGLASS MURANO GLASS SCULPTURE
Oct 20, 10:00 PM EDT
WHITE AND BLACK HOURGLASS MURANO GLASS SCULPTURE
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $500- $650
$3300 Bids
GOLD AND PINK MURANO GLASS HEART SCULPTURE
Oct 20, 10:00 PM EDT
GOLD AND PINK MURANO GLASS HEART SCULPTURE
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $300- $400
$1800 Bids
BrainRoy - Sculpture Love, Hommage à Murakami
Oct 16, 6:00 PM CEST
BrainRoy - Sculpture Love, Hommage à Murakami
by TGP Auction
Est: CHF900- CHF1,100
CHF4250 Bids
BrainRoy - Sculpture Dollar, Hommage à Murakami
Oct 16, 6:00 PM CEST
BrainRoy - Sculpture Dollar, Hommage à Murakami
by TGP Auction
Est: CHF900- CHF1,100
CHF4250 Bids
BrainRoy - Sculpture Peace & Love VS Murakami
Oct 16, 6:00 PM CEST
BrainRoy - Sculpture Peace & Love VS Murakami
by TGP Auction
Est: CHF1,000- CHF2,000
CHF5500 Bids
Art Glass Mushroom Sculpture with Tripod Base
Oct 15, 10:00 AM EDT
Art Glass Mushroom Sculpture with Tripod Base
by Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5000 Bids
Jon Wolfe Strata #3
Oct 22, 10:00 AM MST
Jon Wolfe Strata #3
by Larsen Art Auction
Est: $800- $1,200
$4000 Bids

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