Wine - Four centuries of wine glasses
This exhibition features 110 wine glasses and goblets from a period of four centuries, the jewels of the collection of Christian Jentsch of Lübeck.
The Christian Jentsch Collection
The evolution of wine glasses is presented from simple forest glass goblets to creations of Venetian glass and mass-produced wine glasses by renowned designers. Glasses for beverages were still costly luxury items in the 19th century. They were mostly made as ordered one-off pieces or in small editions. Their use spread along with technological progress, permitting the manufacturing of simpler glassware to a larger scale. The distribution channels of glassworks also developed at this time.
The hues and thickness of the glassware reflect not only the fashions of a certain period but also its technological opportunities for production, as in the case of Bohemian chalk glass or refined Venetian cups.
The wine glasses of the first half of the 20th century point to the influence of Jugendstil, art déco and functionalism. A ground-breaking innovation took place in 1961, when glass goblets began to be made with machinery in Zwiesel, Germany.
In association with:
LWL-Industriemuseum/ Westfälisches Landesmuseum für Industriekultur/ Glashütte Gernheim, Germany
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