English Glass: 17th & 18th Century (A Lecture)
This lecture will begin by looking back at the production of façon de venise glass in England in the 16th century and go on to discuss the experiments of George Ravenscroft and the problems he encountered in the development of English lead glass in the 17th century, which resulted in the emergence of a truly English style. It will look closely at the history of English drinking glasses, the growing interest in engraved, coloured and enameled glass and the perfecting of cut glass in the second half of the 18th century. The lecture will conclude by looking at the important use of cut glass for candelabra and chandeliers.
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