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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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Dale Chihuly Radiant Persian Pair Sculpture
May 05, 12:00 PM EDT
Dale Chihuly Radiant Persian Pair Sculpture
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$3,25012 Bids
Beautiful MURANO Art Glass Multi Colored Teardrop Sculpture
Apr 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Beautiful MURANO Art Glass Multi Colored Teardrop Sculpture
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$1206 Bids
Marlene Rose b.1967 Amber Art Glass Wild Butterfly
Apr 24, 12:00 PM EDT
Marlene Rose b.1967 Amber Art Glass Wild Butterfly
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$2254 Bids
MURANO Art Glass Pink Flamingo Sculpture
Apr 19, 10:00 AM EDT
MURANO Art Glass Pink Flamingo Sculpture
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$334 Bids
Stunning MURANO Art Glass Freeform Teardrop Sculpture
Apr 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Stunning MURANO Art Glass Freeform Teardrop Sculpture
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $300
$604 Bids
DALE CHIHULY, (American, b. 1941), Coral Basket with Golden Lip Wrap, 1998, blown glass, 9 x 9 x 9 in.
May 04, 11:00 AM EDT
DALE CHIHULY, (American, b. 1941), Coral Basket with Golden Lip Wrap, 1998, blown glass, 9 x 9 x 9 in.
by Grogan & Company
Est: $2,000- $4,000
$1,4003 Bids
Unique MURANO Blown Art Glass Jellyfish Sculpture
Apr 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Unique MURANO Blown Art Glass Jellyfish Sculpture
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$92 Bids
CARL RADKE ART IRIDESCENT GLASS SHELL SCULPTURE
Apr 27, 3:00 PM PDT
CARL RADKE ART IRIDESCENT GLASS SHELL SCULPTURE
by Sunset Auction
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
Dale Chihuly From the Soft Cylinder Series, 1987
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
Dale Chihuly From the Soft Cylinder Series, 1987
by Larsen Art Auction
Est: $6,000- $9,000
$3,7502 Bids
BOX LOT: GLASS SCULPTURE
Apr 15, 10:00 AM PDT
BOX LOT: GLASS SCULPTURE
by O'Gallerie
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
Intergalactic Cased Glass Space Vessel Sculpture
Apr 17, 12:00 PM EDT
Intergalactic Cased Glass Space Vessel Sculpture
by MiddleManBrokers
Est: $1- $1,000
$11 Bid
Awesome Murano Art Glass Jellyfish Teardrop Sculpture
Apr 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Awesome Murano Art Glass Jellyfish Teardrop Sculpture
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$61 Bid
Pair Green Corkscrew Gooseneck Twist Art Glass
Apr 21, 9:00 AM MST
Pair Green Corkscrew Gooseneck Twist Art Glass
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$101 Bid
Two Studio Art Glass Abstract Spiral Sculptures
Apr 17, 6:00 PM AEST
Two Studio Art Glass Abstract Spiral Sculptures
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD401 Bid
2 Glass Obelisk Sculptures
Apr 18, 10:00 AM EDT
2 Glass Obelisk Sculptures
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
Gorgeous MURANO Art Glass Faceted Teardrop Sculpture
Apr 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Gorgeous MURANO Art Glass Faceted Teardrop Sculpture
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$61 Bid
Leon Applebaum Art Glass sculpture
May 08, 10:00 AM CDT
Leon Applebaum Art Glass sculpture
by Jaremos
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
Unique MURANO Art Glass Aquarium Teardrop Sculpture
Apr 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Unique MURANO Art Glass Aquarium Teardrop Sculpture
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $300
$61 Bid
Alberto Dona Terra Cotta, 1992
Apr 20, 10:00 AM MST
Alberto Dona Terra Cotta, 1992
by Larsen Art Auction
Est: $500- $1,000
$3001 Bid
Marlene Rose b.1967 Glass Cardinal Bird Sculptures
Apr 24, 12:00 PM EDT
Marlene Rose b.1967 Glass Cardinal Bird Sculptures
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $1,000
$501 Bid
Robert Willson & Robert Hamon Glass Sculpture
Apr 17, 5:00 PM EDT
Robert Willson & Robert Hamon Glass Sculpture
by Abington Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $400
$1501 Bid
15 Inch MURANO Blown Art Glass Freeform Abstract Sculpture
Apr 19, 10:00 AM EDT
15 Inch MURANO Blown Art Glass Freeform Abstract Sculpture
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$60 Bids
Glass Heart With 24k Gold Leaf Murano Glass Sculpture
Apr 29, 9:00 PM EDT
Glass Heart With 24k Gold Leaf Murano Glass Sculpture
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $250- $350
$1800 Bids
Murano Glass Gold Heart Sculpture
Apr 25, 9:00 PM EDT
Murano Glass Gold Heart Sculpture
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $1,800- $2,200
$1,3000 Bids

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