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Standing Bowl

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery.

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1891M11
Collection:Applied Art - Glass
Date:1655 - 1675


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 Dutch standing bowl, dating from 1655-1675, was free blown. This is where air is blown down a metal tube that has a blob of glass at its end creating a bubble. This bubble of glass would then have been then shaped using a variety of tools to create the desired form.

Purchased through Sir Charles Robinson.

Further Information

Production Period:17th Century
Medium:Soda glass.
Material(s):Soda glass
Place of Origin:Holland


Height:12.1 cm
Diameter:16.5 cm