The World's Fairs became the primary arena for peaceful international contests in art and industry. Tour de forces in glass became an integral part of these expositions, ranging from the large-scale architectural glazing of the Crystal Palace to visitor attractions such as entire glass workshops and illusionistic interiors relying on mirrors and electricity. Copies of the most celebrated diamonds created in flawless lead glass, delicate plique-à-jour (window enamels) inspired by newly opened Japan, chandeliers, fountains, and entire fashionable ladies' outfits that were created in glass to display the manufacturers' prowess and wow the public. At the same time, the fairs also presented the most radical new thinking in design by renowned theorists, artists, and architects who created aesthetically sophisticated yet affordable home goods for the mass market.
Join us for this exciting talk by Jutta-Annette Page, Curator of Glass and Decorative Arts, Toledo Museum of Art, and President of the Glass Art Society. And be sure to tour the special exhibition Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs, 1851-1939.
Sponsored by the Delhom Service League, Ceramics Affiliate of The Mint Museum.
Image: Bowl with Anemones, André Fernand Thesmar (French, 1843-1912), France, 1900: Gold, translucent enamel, plique-à-jour technique. Collection of the Toledo Museum of Art. Photo: Richard Goodbody