Glass Of Four Millennia (Paperback)


The fifty-six glasses illustrated in this book have been drawn from every department of the Ashmolean Museum. Together, these fragile and attractive pieces trace the history and development of this versatile, man-made material from the very first vessels produced in Mesopotamia in the middle of the 2nd millennium BC, right up to the modern era with a bowl stipple-engraved by the British artists, Laurence and Simon Whistler. The other rare and important examples included demonstrate and inventiveness and craftsmanship of ancient and Islamic glass-makers, the artistry of Venetian Renaissance glass in the 15th and 16th centuries, the skill of Continental wheel-engravers and enamellers, and the dominance of lead-glass in 18th-century England.

The books in this series aim to bring to a wider public the rich and varied collections in the Ashmolean Museum. Each volume covers an area of the fine or decorative arts in which the Museum's holdings are internationally renowned and provides an attractive, compact and stimulating introduction for the general reader and a reliable and authoritative guide for the specialist.

Martine Newby is an independent consultant and writer on ancient and antique glass who has worked for a wide range of museums, institutions, auction houses, galleries and private collectors.

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