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

Recommended Items at Auction

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Large MURANO Art Glass Rainbow Angel Fish Sculpture
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Large MURANO Art Glass Rainbow Angel Fish Sculpture
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$707 Bids
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PETER BRAMHALL "OCEAN STORM" ART GLASS SCULPTURE
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
PETER BRAMHALL "OCEAN STORM" ART GLASS SCULPTURE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$1106 Bids
Lalique Art Glass Crystal Regulus Lion Sculpture
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Lalique Art Glass Crystal Regulus Lion Sculpture
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$3005 Bids
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ROLLIN KARG STYLE ART GLASS ABSTRACT SCULPTURE
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
ROLLIN KARG STYLE ART GLASS ABSTRACT SCULPTURE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$504 Bids
Gorgeous MURANO Feathers of a Peacock Art Glass Sculpture
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Gorgeous MURANO Feathers of a Peacock Art Glass Sculpture
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$242 Bids
Dale Chihuly ''Pink Seaform with Green Lip Wrap'' 1982
Oct 21, 5:00 PM PDT
Dale Chihuly ''Pink Seaform with Green Lip Wrap'' 1982
by MBA Seattle Auction LLC
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,1002 Bids
Mystery Artist 20C Modern Art Glass Bust Sculpture
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Mystery Artist 20C Modern Art Glass Bust Sculpture
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
Loredano Rosin Glass Sculpture of Young Boy
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Loredano Rosin Glass Sculpture of Young Boy
by C Biddle Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$101 Bid
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2PC ARTIST SIGNED FLAME RED HAND BLOWN ART GLASS
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
2PC ARTIST SIGNED FLAME RED HAND BLOWN ART GLASS
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Richard Royal ''Diamond Cut Vessel'' 1987
Oct 21, 5:00 PM PDT
Richard Royal ''Diamond Cut Vessel'' 1987
by MBA Seattle Auction LLC
Est: $500- $1,000
$2501 Bid
Peter Bramhall (b.1942) Modern Art Glass Sculpture
Oct 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Peter Bramhall (b.1942) Modern Art Glass Sculpture
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
William Carlson Granite and Laminated Glass Sculpture, 1994
Oct 17, 10:00 AM PDT
William Carlson Granite and Laminated Glass Sculpture, 1994
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $400- $500
$3501 Bid
Murano hand painted glass sculpture
Oct 20, 1:00 PM EDT
Murano hand painted glass sculpture
by OG Collections
Est: $25- $50
$201 Bid
Attributed to Stanislav Libenský (1921-2002) and Jaroslava Brychtová (1924-2020)
Oct 19, 10:00 AM CEST
Attributed to Stanislav Libenský (1921-2002) and Jaroslava Brychtová (1924-2020)
by Deutsch Auktionen
Est: €900- €1,800
€9000 Bids
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Vintage Murano Art Glass Sculpture signed ca 1973
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage Murano Art Glass Sculpture signed ca 1973
by Neely Auction
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Stevens and Williams glass sculpture
Oct 20, 11:00 AM CDT
Stevens and Williams glass sculpture
by Jaremos
Est: $400- $800
$1000 Bids
FRABEL IRIS FROSTED GLASS SCULPTURE, 1998
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
FRABEL IRIS FROSTED GLASS SCULPTURE, 1998
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
JOHN KUHN, EARLY ART GLASS SCULPTURE, 1981
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
JOHN KUHN, EARLY ART GLASS SCULPTURE, 1981
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $500- $700
$2500 Bids
Jorg Zimmermann German Studio Art Glass Sculpture
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Jorg Zimmermann German Studio Art Glass Sculpture
by Showplace
Est: $800- $1,200
$1000 Bids
Jorg Zimmermann German Studio Art Glass Sculpture
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Jorg Zimmermann German Studio Art Glass Sculpture
by Showplace
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$1000 Bids
Jorg Zimmermann German Studio Art Glass Sculpture
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Jorg Zimmermann German Studio Art Glass Sculpture
by Showplace
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$1000 Bids
Jorg Zimmermann German Studio Art Glass Sculpture
Nov 07, 12:00 PM EDT
Jorg Zimmermann German Studio Art Glass Sculpture
by Showplace
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$1000 Bids
Gisela Sabokova ''Untitled'' (Rays) Cast Glass
Oct 21, 5:00 PM PDT
Gisela Sabokova ''Untitled'' (Rays) Cast Glass
by MBA Seattle Auction LLC
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$5000 Bids
Massimo Nordio ''Totoni'' 1996 Battuto Vessel
Oct 21, 5:00 PM PDT
Massimo Nordio ''Totoni'' 1996 Battuto Vessel
by MBA Seattle Auction LLC
Est: $750- $1,500
$3750 Bids

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