Pittsburgh Glass, 1797-1891: A History and Guide for Collectors

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9780395207338: Pittsburgh Glass, 1797-1891: A History and Guide for Collectors
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Dust jacket notes: "Collectors, curators, and antique dealers have long recognized that nineteenth-century glassmakers of the Pittsburgh area produced much of America's finest glass, highly prized today for its artistic and technical excellence. Now, for the first time, an authoritative work provides a full-scale study of Pittsburgh glass. A masterful compendium of practical guidance for glass students and of information for advanced scholars, it will be invaluable to collectors at every level and in any region. Lowell Innes covers in expert detail the large variety of Pittsburgh products - from early free-blown through cut, engraved, pattern-molded, lacy, pressed, and etched to later pal, novelty, and art glass. His chapter on lacy is particularly notable for a complete account of Midwestern lacy and its relationship to Eastern and French design. He also relates the historic background - social, economic, and technological - in which the glassmakers operated, and discusses more than two dozen glasshouses of the period, many of them now almost legendary: Bakewell, Robinson, Curling, Bryce, McKee, Lyon, Adams, Atterbury, Ripley. His sound and fresh scholarship includes material that heightens the reader's understanding of both Pittsburgh glass and all nineteenth-century American glassmaking. The comprehensive text is enriched by over 520 illustrations, including 12 full-color plates and numerous pictures from previously unpublished catalogues. Many rare pieces shown in the photographs are from private collections not on public view. In its importance and scope, this unique and long-awaited work makes a major contribution to the study of American glass."

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