Flowers made of glass
Harvard restores its famed glass flowers
The Harvard Museum of Natural History’s Ware Series of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants (also known as the Glass Flowers) is a collection of highly detailed glass botanical models.
The collection was commissioned by George Lincoln Goodale, the first director of Harvard’s Botanical Museum, and funded by Mary Lee Ware and her mother Elizabeth C. Ware and was produced by Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka at their studio in Hosterwitz, near Dresden, Germany, from 1887 to 1936.
1st It contains 847 life-size models (representing 780 species and varieties of plants from 164 families) as well as 3,000 detail models of plant parts and anatomical pieces. There are approximately 4,400 individual glass models in the collection, representing over 830 plant species.
The Blaschkas had a flourishing business producing glass models of marine invertebrates, which they sold to museums and private collectors all over the world beginning in 1863. (see Glass sea creatures).
 Botanical specimens were pressed, carefully numbered, and displayed at the time. The specimens’ three-dimensional nature was lost during the pressing process, and the previously living tissues lost their color. Professor Goodale approached the Blaschkas in 1886 after seeing their marine models and traveling to Dresden to commission them to create a series of three-dimensional glass botanical models for Harvard. [three]  Leopold was reluctant at first, but finally agreed to make some sample versions, which, despite being badly damaged in customs, persuaded Goodale of their usefulness in botanical education. [three] [number four]
Making glass flowers
This coloured venetian glass vase with murrine millefiori color aquamarine is the product of exclusive Murano glass working. Murrine placement should be done with care and accuracy by Murano artisans. Small pieces are carefully put in a hot-plate one by one, then melted together with Murano crystals to create a colorful mosaic. MEASUREMENTS: 17 cm in height (inches 6,69) 9,5 cm in length (inches 3,74) 380 gram weight DELIVERY TIME: 1 WEEK supplementary details Measurements 17.0 x 9.5 cm Products That Go Together
Tuffnell glass flowers
We have a large selection of delicate glass flowers to decorate your table and murano glass flowers for your home decor glass vases. These lovely pieces of glass art are perfect for flower arrangements and bouquets as wedding favors at your big day.
These flowers, like all glass from the Venetian island of Murano, were handcrafted using traditional glassmaking techniques. Murano glass has been made since the 11th century and is renowned for producing some of the most exquisite, ornamental glass artifacts in the world, according to those of high taste.
The glass petals were made using the Lampwork process, also known as Lume, in which craftsmen mold the glass in front of a lamp. Luxury ornamental glass items, such as miniature animals and flowers, often use this technique. The flowers were finished by hand, with silk added to make leaves and embellish the stem.
Those with refined tastes are still on the lookout for hand-crafted Murano Glass. These long-stemmed glass flowers are the perfect complement to glass vases and instantly add a touch of elegance to any room.
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In 2016, the Glass Flowers gallery underwent a historic renovation, which included modern state-of-the-art lighting, advanced restoration systems, and rebuilt, original historic wood and glass display cases. The newly designed gallery space and scientific analysis highlights the collection’s ongoing scientific significance and enhances visitors’ understanding of the models.
The Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, a program of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts managed by a joint agreement between MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, has provided funding for this exhibition in memory of Melvin R. Seiden AB ’52, LLB ’55.
The Glass Flowers are being preserved thanks to a donation from George Putnam III ’73, J.D. ’77, M.B.A. ’77, and Kathy Putnam.
Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, father and son nineteenth-century glass artisans who mastered their family craft, developed the models. Their jewelry and glassmaking ancestors date back to the fifteenth century.