View larger image
© Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery.
Click on each image below to view at full size:
|Collection:||Applied Art - Glass|
|Date:||1877 - 1878|
|Manufacturer:||J & L Lobmeyr - View history|
The recipe for making glass has changed little for several thousands of years: sand, alkali ashes, and lime from crushed stones are melted together to give a strong, yet fragile material. This molten material can then be manipulated by the glassmaker in a number of ways.This 19th century vase from Vienna would have been free blown. This is where air is blown down a metal tube that has a blob of molten glass at its end to create a bubble. The bubble of glass is then shaped using a variety of tools to create the desired form. The handles would have been added on after the main body was shaped.
|Presented by Mr John Feeney, 1891.|
|Production Period:||19th Century|
|Medium:||Lead glass, with gilt and enamel.|
|Place of Origin:||Vienna, Austria|