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American Glass: The Collections at Yale

John Stuart Gordon



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Yale University Press
15 September 2018
Ceramic arts, pottery, glass
Glass can be decorative or utilitarian, and its forms often reflect technological innovations and social change. Drawing on an insightful selection from the Yale University Art Gallery and other collections at Yale, American Glass illuminates the vital and often intimate roles that glass has played in the nation's art and culture. Spectacularly illustrated, the publication showcases 18th-century mold-blown vessels, 19th-century pressed glass, innovative studio work, and luminous stained-glass windows by John La Farge and Louis Comfort Tiffany, the latter reproduced as a lush gatefold. These are considered alongside beguiling objects that broaden our expectations of glass and speak to the centrality of the medium in American life, including one of the oldest complex microscopes in the United States, an early Edison light bulb, glass-plate photography, jewelry, and more. With an essay on the history of collecting American glass and discussions of each object that present new scholarship, this engaging book tells the long and rich history of glass in America-from prehistoric minerals to contemporary sculptures.
By:   John Stuart Gordon
Imprint:   Yale University Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 260mm,  Width: 229mm, 
Weight:   1.724kg
ISBN:   9780300226690
ISBN 10:   0300226691
Pages:   320
Publication Date:   15 September 2018
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

John Stuart Gordon is the Benjamin Attmore Hewitt Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Yale University Art Gallery.

Reviews for American Glass: The Collections at Yale

Past, present and future come together in Gordon's imaginative new book American Glass. --Laura Beach, Antiques and the Arts Weekly Conveyed through 155 objects, blown, pressed, and stained, American Glass tells the story of culture in translucent miniature. --James Panero, New Criterion

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