Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection

WHAT IS SPANISH GLASS ?

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on October 14, 2017

Spanish Glass is an historical period of glass with a distinct look mainly made in the 16-17th centuries.

Glassware has been made in Spain from the Roman and Medieval eras. Here we feature glassware from Spain mainly made in the 16th and 17th centuries in many glass works throughout the country.  These were principally in Catalonia, Castile, Andalucía and the Royal Factory at La Granja De San Ildefonso.  Spanish glass from these areas show Moorish influence and later that of Venice, and to a limited extent Bohemia, but local styles were developed making it quite unique. The examples shown here are from The Metropolitan Art Museum and the Allaire Collection. In addition to the Met’s collection there is another fine collection of Spanish glass in New York City at The Hispanic Society of America.

Recommended books on Spanish glass:

(1.) Frothingham-Spanish Glass, Alice Wilson Frothingham 1963,

(2.) Hermitage-Spanish Glass in the Hermitage, 1970,

(3.) Philippart- Fragil Transparencia: Vidrios espanoles de los siglod xviaxvlll, Jean-Paul Philippart, 2011

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