5000 Years of Glass

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This classic book traces the history of glassmaking from its origins in Western Asia some 5000 years ago, through the invention of glassblowing around the first century BC, to the introduction of mechanised processes and new styles in the 19th and 20th centuries.

It highlights the flourishing industries of ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, the extraordinary achievements of the Roman Empire, the elegant vessels of the Islamic Near East, the superb mastery of Renaissance Venice and the wide- ranging experiments of modern Europe and America.

With a new final chapter by John P. Smith, Editor of The Glass Circle journal, to bring the book up-to-date with the latest developments, 5000 Years of Glass is still the definitive single- volume general history of this most versatile art form.

Front cover detail

Ruby glass decanter and stopper, overlaid with opaque white glass and cut all over with spiral mitre cutting. Made by George Bacchus & Sons, Stourbridge, England, c. 1850.

Contributors

Hugh Tait - former Deputy Keeper of the Department of Medieval and Later Antiquities at the British Museum, Honorary Fellow of the Corning Museum of Glass, former President of the International Association for the History of Glass.

Carol Andrews - former Assistant Keeper in the Department of Egyptian Antiquities at the British Museum.

William Gudenrath - former President of the New York Experimental Glass Workshop, Resident Adviser of The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass, New York.

Ralph Pinder- Wilson - former Deputy Keeper of Islamic Collection at the British Museum.

Veronica Tatton-Brown - former Assistant Keeper in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities at the British Museum.

John P. Smith - Editor of The Glass Circle journal. Recently retired from world-renowned antique dealers, Mallett.

  • Product Code: CMC50956
  • AUTHOR: Hugh Tait, Carol Andrews, William Gudenrath, Ralph Pinder-Wilson, Veronica Tatton-Brown, and John P. Smith.
  • NUMBER OF PAGES: 280 pages
  • FORMAT: Paperback with flaps
  • Dimension: 276mm x 219mm
  • SUBTITLE: British Museum
  • Editors: Hugh Tait
  • Illustrations: 300 colour, 28 black&white, and 2 maps
  • Subject: Decorative Arts
  • Weight: 1.40 Kg

This classic book traces the history of glassmaking from its origins in Western Asia some 5000 years ago, through the invention of glassblowing around the first century BC, to the introduction of mechanised processes and new styles in the 19th and 20th centuries.

It highlights the flourishing industries of ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt, the extraordinary achievements of the Roman Empire, the elegant vessels of the Islamic Near East, the superb mastery of Renaissance Venice and the wide- ranging experiments of modern Europe and America.

With a new final chapter by John P. Smith, Editor of The Glass Circle journal, to bring the book up-to-date with the latest developments, 5000 Years of Glass is still the definitive single- volume general history of this most versatile art form.

Front cover detail

Ruby glass decanter and stopper, overlaid with opaque white glass and cut all over with spiral mitre cutting. Made by George Bacchus & Sons, Stourbridge, England, c. 1850.

Contributors

Hugh Tait - former Deputy Keeper of the Department of Medieval and Later Antiquities at the British Museum, Honorary Fellow of the Corning Museum of Glass, former President of the International Association for the History of Glass.

Carol Andrews - former Assistant Keeper in the Department of Egyptian Antiquities at the British Museum.

William Gudenrath - former President of the New York Experimental Glass Workshop, Resident Adviser of The Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass, New York.

Ralph Pinder- Wilson - former Deputy Keeper of Islamic Collection at the British Museum.

Veronica Tatton-Brown - former Assistant Keeper in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities at the British Museum.

John P. Smith - Editor of The Glass Circle journal. Recently retired from world-renowned antique dealers, Mallett.

  • Product Code: CMC50956
  • AUTHOR: Hugh Tait, Carol Andrews, William Gudenrath, Ralph Pinder-Wilson, Veronica Tatton-Brown, and John P. Smith.
  • PAGES: 280 pages
  • FORMAT: Paperback with flaps
  • Weight: 1.40 Kg