This volume tells the story of all the major developments in the history of glass from its beginnings in Pre-Roman times. The major styles of glass and the techniques used to make it are traced from the third millennium BC through the Roman era and the Dark Ages, into medieval times and the magnificent stained glass works of that time. The rise of Venice as the pre-eminent glass-making centre during the Renaissance and its subsequent influence on the glass industry for the next five centuries is described. The development of the heavier lead glass in the 18th century paved the way for new styles of decoration on glass, including cutting and engraving. The fashion for Art Nouveau heralded the modern era of the 20th century where functionalism and simplicity was favoured, while the use of glass in architecture and industry has become more and more widespread with the development of new techniques. The text contains illustrations, making the book a visual presentation of all kinds of glassware as well as a useful work of reference for all students and lovers of the decorative arts.
Dan Klein and Ward Lloyd, the general editors, are both well-known London glass dealers. Lloyd is the author of Investing in Georgian Glass; Klein is author of The All-Colour Book of Art Deco, and a regular contributor to art journals.