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The illustrated catalogue of the Universal exhibition, published with the Art journal
(1867-1868)

Wallis, George
The glass--domestic and decorative.,   pp. 77-107


Page 77


                                    THE PARIS UNIVERSAL EXHIBITION.
 The CABINET of BE1URDELEY, of Paris, is de- himself of all the resources
at his command to render it supremely excellent, and he has been
 servedly classed among the best works contained                        
             entirely successful. The groundwork is ebony,
in the Exhibition.M. Beurdeley has availed                              
            the mountings are in matted gold, and every
portion of it is finished with the minutest care; of rare excellence. Its
chief merit, however, ence of which it has been subjected; the orna-
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even as a specimen of mere workmanship it is consists in the true and pure
Art to the influ- mentation is of the very best and highest order.
   THE    GLASS-DOMIESTIC          AND     DECORATIVE.           vessels
they produced.   This skill in manipulation is agaim
                                          KENSINGTON            ~~reappearing,
although in a new form, and, aided as it must be by
         B3Y GEORGE WALLIS, SOUTH KNIGO MUSEUM,                 a perfection
of material which the Venetians never dreamed of,
                                                                 the result
cannot fail to be highly satisfactory in an artistic sense.
IT is not too much to, say that Glass is essentially a modemn   For as the
glass formed of sand, and the soda extracted from the
material, for its present perfection is due to the advanced state of 'seaweed
of the lagunes of Venice, and practically unpurified by
chemical science in its application to vitreous substances, and what- the
small. amount of saltpetre which could be added to it, was
ever credit may be due to workers in glass of past ages for the beauty superseded
by the crystal of the Bohemians, manufactured from
and delicacy of the forms into which their skill and artistic ability pure
quartz and lime and the alkali resulting from their use of
wrought it, modem  glass must bear away the palm as regards their great forest
trees in the production of potash, even so this
beauty of colour and brilliancy of the material itself. Even the latter material
has given way before the gem-like flint glass,
Venetians compensated for the comparative opacity, or at least which the
use of lead has enabled the chemists and glass manu-
want of purity, in their material, by the marvellous thinness and facturers
of England to produce in more recent times.
the extreme lightness of form  into which they fashioned the    if it were
worth while, at this day, to enter into an argument
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