Under Glass: A Victorian Obsession

Under Glass A Victorian Obsession Come join an in depth exploration of a unique segment of the Victorian decorative arts In beautiful images and fascinating text many glass domes and the objects displayed under them are revealed

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  • Title: Under Glass: A Victorian Obsession
  • Author: John Whitenight
  • ISBN: 9780764344077
  • Page: 162
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Come join an in depth exploration of a unique segment of the Victorian decorative arts In 650 beautiful images and fascinating text, many glass domes and the objects displayed under them are revealed and discussed in detail Items from glorious taxidermy presentations of nature, seashell works, wax flowers and fruit, and even art formed of human hair are studied carefullyCome join an in depth exploration of a unique segment of the Victorian decorative arts In 650 beautiful images and fascinating text, many glass domes and the objects displayed under them are revealed and discussed in detail Items from glorious taxidermy presentations of nature, seashell works, wax flowers and fruit, and even art formed of human hair are studied carefully Additional chapters include examples of skeleton leaves and phantom bouquets wool work glass whimsies seed, paper, muslin, and silk work automata mechanical, musical masterworks and much Social commentary of the times enriches the exploration of these beautiful art objects Experience the lightheartedness and whimsy to be found in the decorative arts created from 1837 to 1901 and preserved under these domes.

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    1. Exquisite photos of art under glass domes from Victorian times is the subject of this book. The crafts ensconced in these protective covers are beautiful, from wax fruit, to flowers made from feathers, shells, wax, paper, and hair to skeleton leaves, taxidermy, glass lampwork and automatons. Most of these crafts were undertaken by women, presumably those of the more well to do, in their leisure time. They had to have had quite a bit of time on their hands to create these magnificent works of art [...]

    2. Oh, this is a marvelous collection of oddly endearing Victorian craft/art, written by a most enthusiastic collector. His occasional offhand comments about his significant acquisitions of hair work and anthropomorphic taxidermy were a large part of the fun in reading what he has to say about them. The man loves to chase down a really fine example of a landscape made from hair contributed by all the members of a family (just for example.)He also offers chapters about wax flowers, shell work, feath [...]

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