Corning Museum: recent additions to glass collection

  Art & culture

The Corning Museum of Glass is a dynamic institution that actively collects, educates, preserves, and shares the art, history, science, and technology of glass and glassmaking. New objects are added to the Museum’s collection each year through acquisitions and donations. Recent highlighted additions to the glass collection include a reverse-painted portrait on a glass mirror depicting a Mughal nobleman, an engraved railroad lantern likely made as a memento for the Central Pacific Railroad, and a Steuben vase that belonged to the company’s famous “27 Contemporary Artists” series.

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The 37 individual glass and metal elements in the Side Chair are assembled together over a brass and wood armature
The Rakow Research Library of The Corning Museum of Glass houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of materials on the art and history of glass and glassmaking. Recent additions to the Library’s holdings include a portfolio of watercolour designs for Art Nouveau lamps and light fixtures and six botanical watercolours executed by Paul Nicolas, a talented artist who worked for Émile Gallé.
Vase with Cubist Composition (“Twenty-Seven Contemporary Artists” Series), designed by Fernand Léger (a French painter, 1881-1955), represents one of the most ambitious and significant projects undertaken by Steuben Glass: its “27 Contemporary Artists” series for a special exhibition which opened in January 1940 at Steuben’s Fifth Avenue showroom in New York City. The series featured designs by eminent artists, including Salvador Dalí and Georgia O’Keeffe. Twenty-one of the original 26 design drawings were given to the Museum in 2000 by Corning Incorporated. Steuben did not keep an example of each design, and as such, the Museum is constantly on the lookout for these remarkable pieces, whether they are sold privately or at auction. Earlier this year, the Museum was contacted by an auction house in Ohio that wanted to know more about a 1939 Steuben vase with a Cubist composition designed by Léger. The owner’s parents had bought it from the show at Steuben in 1940, and had kept the original packaging. The vase came up for auction last July and the Museum was able to acquire it. ...
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