Friday, May 8, 2015

Old New England Glassware in the Home - Part Thirty-One (A) - "The Lilies"

Old New England Glassware in the Home

Part Thirty-One (A)

"The Lilies"

I have to remind, while we are standing at the... ‘old New England glassware in the home’s... dump (Part Thirty), that to get to where a ‘that broken goblet’ was ‘thrown out’ we have to first get the glassware in the home and then have it ‘travel’ in the home to...:  I’ve proven that there has to be a state of union where there is ENOUGH glassware in the home to have broken glassware ‘on the dump’?  So... to no surprise
            “THE EARLY” (EAPG) old New England broken glassware on the dump is a MUCH LESS AMOUNT OF THAT than the ‘later’ ‘Victorian’ EAPG; more houses, more people, more money, MORE GLASSWARE, more breakage and more... ‘throw out’.  AND... this is over fifty years (1830-1880) TOO.
            That’s a long time...
            In design.
            So... my “FONDNESS” of “DUMP GLASS” ware... is ...tempered by ‘what is ON the dump’ and so... I have to... LIKE... what I find THERE.
            So I do.
            AND the “WHY?” of that problem (‘I like what I find’) is NUDGED along by our TODAY offering up an abysmal array of JUNK glassware in the home.  IF... there be anything that ‘brings it up’ as design; improves one’s appreciation for Victorian EAPG design, it is the “NOW” (today’s) ‘juice glass school’ of our “MODERN” New England glassware... in the home.  Yeah... that glassware together (today’s and Victorian):  Side by side and... ‘I SEE the DIFFERENCE’ (the art experience).  When this side by side is ‘carries’ to chipped toenail polish, dirty flip-flops, cigarette butts, tote bag supply wagons, crummy sunglasses and yapping ‘my doggie’ banter...:
            Old Victorian EAPG goblets for ‘fifty cents each’ at the church sale (Part Fifteen)... look just like what they are:  Salvation.

            And do not under estimate the ‘godliness’ of Victorian design.  It is ‘there’.  What is probably the best solution for modern-glassware- in the home – living... is to disavow the design/art merit of ‘anything Victorian’.  This shelter has a long, broad and passionate support system already in place so... comes too... with a ‘don’t have to do much’ to ‘get onboard’ with this.  But as I just said... it is the ‘comparison with today’ that becomes ‘a problem’.
            What that would suggest is that ‘I hate Victorian’ is best done with an “I DON’T GO TO THOSE” box store – mall gallery consumer settings.  They... for a thee... are a ‘no’-line in sand drawn; the ‘I don’t’?  IF... one does and does... (fess up) a ‘like that (stuff) better’ (than “old” “stuff”)...:
            What’s my point?
            Even the whacky ‘egg in sand’ ‘looks good these days’ if one has ‘broken camp’ with the... post war baby boom plastic based material inundation of material opulence with this TOO needing to be recorded-by-self that this “THIS” came from (and through) a material obsession vision ‘of’’ ‘earlier times’ (Edwardian following on Victorian) ah.... ‘design’.  Then came... ‘mod-dern’, ‘twenties’ ‘depression’... design style ‘fashion’... on to ‘the war’, ‘post war’ to (“Yikes”) (the) Baby Boom (‘TV’ in ‘every room’) GLASS... WARE (juice glasses) (held in the hand and sipped while... ‘watching’).  Line that glassware up and... egg in sand... “LOOKS GOOD GUYS”.
            Did the wholeness of (what is) ‘design’ change during the American Civil War?

            Ok.  I don’t have to sort this out.  I just go into old houses and ‘get the (old stuff) antiques out’.  So... like... I poke the old home’s ‘dug dump’ too while I’m there.  We even dig their outhouse hole(s) out.  Too.  I am JUST TOSSING a disk OF enlightenment from this hands-on contact...:  It is very, very clear to me that “old stuff” from BEFORE the Civil war was “a lot less of it” with that too having very little being ‘wasted’ or ‘thrown out’.  In an old Maine farm... undisturbed... an ‘it’ ‘from 1840’ is ...usually... still there (in-under the eves in the ell crawl space.  Or such).
            So for me to admit the “I like” the “IT’S VICTORIAN”... took awhile.  But I got there.
            And it is NOT and will NEVER be the same as my appreciation for ‘the early stuff’.  Simply set an ‘egg in sand’ beside the ‘diamond point’ (an early EAPG pattern Part Eighteen and thereafter) and ...just on the three-second-time-clock design appraisal... NO CONTEST.  But then... two hours later... I’m stuck at a stoplight intersection with strip mall venders on each corner with “LIKE EVERYONE” there (“traffic”).  Back at the rummaging of old closed up cupboard bottoms:  No one is there.  At the old dump up at the pasture’s stonewall?  NO ONE is there.
            Which train is ‘going to Hell’ faster?
            Where did the train come from?
            Which one am I on
            So... MY ‘appreciation’ of old New England Victorian Glassware in the home is... a rebellion of my antiquarian eye (I) walking
            OUT THE BACK DOOR... of our
            Scrappy... I will ‘use what I find’ to protect this back door exit and ...well... egg in sand... ‘will do in a pinch’.
            Summary:  Old New England “VICTORIAN” glassware... I find... in the home...
            Is a ‘not that bad considering’.

            From this... era... of impasse of EAPG decadent decline comes documental change to ‘glassware’ in New England... and this is... for the most part... ‘not in the home’.  This documental change is the separation of cheap ‘mass produced’ ‘NOT MADE’ in New England’ ‘stuff’ and ‘art’ (‘glassware’) from... (separated from)... art-for-art-sake glassware (a Victorian era design innovation).  Specifically it is... old... New England... ART... glassware... usually (I repeat)... NOT... in the HOME.
            Ok... here we go again.  The ‘glassware’ ‘in the home’ gets ‘ever worse’ with its design traveling away from the good, true and early EAPG and... this glassware ends up ‘juice glass modern’ ‘style’ ‘in the home’.  MEANWHILE the “ARTISTS” (professional glassware craftsmen) take their ‘craft’ and ‘skill’ and ‘design’ and... “MAKE”
            For the home?

            No.  They sort of try to... sort of...
            But... “Ah...”; it falls back.  One (a resident in)... of the New England home... had to seek ‘that’ (art glass) and ‘go get it’ and:  OK... no Yankee peddler’s wagon came in the farm yard loaded with “ART GLASS” for sale.  The store... “IN TOWN” had a (skimpy) selection of FANCY GLASS (“LIKE WHO BUYS THAT?”).  It was a “she saw it you missed it” because Mr. Man (the male Yankee) was ‘over in hardware’ at the “OLD COUNTRY STORE” (“Dear: The train is here.”).  (The old country store was on its way out too; ‘death notice by train’.  TOO).
            Therefore ...old New England ART glassware... ‘is not’ and ‘never was’... old New England glassware in the home.  The ‘art glass’ cupboard ‘in the home’ was... and is today... in the ninety-nine percentile... BARE.

            That can not stop us.  Old New England Art Glassware in the home (not in the home) is a ...needs to be fundamentally understood to discern why and how the ‘juice glass aesthetic’ came to be the operating design directive.  Simply, glassware artists... abandoned the home.  They created their private world of ‘ART’.... “GLASS” that is still all over the place now (2015).  There is, that one may acquire (purchase), so much
            God damn
            ‘Art glass’
            ‘Out there’... just check the box stores and malls and
            More... and ever more... exclusive vendors (say... like... ‘Tiffany’).
            Meanwhile, developing as the (actual) glassware in the (actual) home... one ‘ate all the jelly that came in the jar... and
            It becomes a (juice) glassware FOR the home.
            “Ok... I got it?”


  1. The art glassware had to come later. The "male Yankee, over in hardware" with strong, broad, leathery tough hands showing cracks, cuts and bruises, had no time available for such stuff. The female Yankee wife and mother (of many) with bleached, soaped and scalded, shiny skinned hands, had no time either.

  2. Even in the late 1800's, it probably took a while for the Yankee folks to decide to purchase art glassware. They likely would have been looking at glassware function, and then their need for the function, It's a big step from there to art appreciation and having the money to buy. "Where in heaven's name are we going to put the glass lilies"?