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American and European Art glass - Victorian, Art Nouveau and Contemporary


About GlassCollector

Thanks for stopping by, and welcome to my Ruby Lane shop!

If you're interested in American and European Art glass, from Victorian and Art Nouveau to Contemporary, please take a few minutes to browse my inventory.

Let me tell you a bit about myself. I've been collecting art glass for well over 20 years. I started off collecting Carder era Steuben and Art Nouveau era Loetz. As my obsession grew, so did my interests and collection.

In 1996 I started buying and selling on eBay, it was then that I also started my former web site, Severn's Art Glass, where I sold many hard to find art glass rarities. I also sourced local private collections, antique shops, and auctions.

As my knowledge grew, I was involved in many glass events including being a guest speaker at the 1999 Chico State University Glass Symposium. Many special pieces from my glass collection are featured in Art Glass books, including "Collectible Glass Rose Bowls" by Johanna Billings and "Peachblow Glass: Collector's Identification & Price Guide" also by Johanna Billings. I was the Bohemian Glass Advisor to Lee Marple in his book, "Phoenix Art Glass: An Identification and Value Guide" Mt. Washington & Pairpoint Glass Volume Two, and have contributed to several glass articles in magazines, Antiques Road show, and various Internet Art Glass articles. I've also recently written articles on the Harrach Glassworks which were published in the Vaseline Glass Collectors Newsletter, and the Museum of American Glass in West Virginia's publication All About Glass (Vol. 11, no. 3, October 2013), and was also a guest speaker at the Portland Rain of Glass in 2013.

During the summer of 2007 and 2008 I did an extensive research project with Bohemian Glass author Deborah Truitt at the Harrach factory in the Czech Republic. I photographed their entire collection of Harrach drawing/design books from the 1860's to the early 1900's, over 30,000 pages of drawings all photographed with a hi-res DSLR for digital preservation and research purposes.

I've traveled the U.S going to many of the foremost Art Glass Museums including the Rockwell Museum, Corning Museum of Glass, Henry Ford Museum (yes they have a wonderful collection of glass, including premium Loetz pieces that were purchased when new by the Museum), Wheaton Museum of American Glass (spectacular collection of Durand, as well as all major U.S. Victorian glass makers), Museum of American Glass - Millville, NJ, Smithsonian, DC, and many smaller glass museum exhibits and exhibitions, as well as various glass club exhibitions.

I've also traveled Europe, and one of my favorite travel events is glass research and visiting some of the finest art glass museums in the world including:

Musee de l'Ecole de Nancy / School of Nancy - Nancy FR
Daum Collection at the Musee des Beaux-Arts Nancy - Nancy FR
Musee Historique Lorrain - Nancy FR
Louvre Museum - Paris FR
Musee d'Orsay - Paris FR
Baccarat Museum - Paris FR
National Gallery - Prague, CZ
Harrach Museum - Harrachov, CZ
Moser Factory and Glass Museum - Karlsbad, CZ
Passauer Glasmuseum - Passau, GR
Glass and Porcelain Museum - Dresden Castle - Dresden, GR
Rijksmuseum - Amsterdam, Holland

I also buy glass! If you have glass to sell it's easy just contact me!

Remember, Antique glass is not only fun to collect and a great investment, but it also makes a fantastic gift too!

Thanks for stopping by,
Brian Severn