Art Deco Glass from the Huchthausen Collection
October 8, 2016 - September 2017
From October 8, 2016, to September 2017, Museum of Glass visitors will have the opportunity to explore Art Deco works in glass from the collection of artist David Huchthausen. Art Deco Glass from the Huchthausen Collection will include early 20th century glass by iconic Art Deco studios such as René Lalique, Daum Frères, Pierre d’Avesn, Charles Schneider, Muller Frères, Marius-Ernest Sabino, Steuben Glass Works, and many others.
“We are honored to exhibit a selection of David Huchthausen’s fascinating Art Deco collection,” shares Museum of Glass Artistic Director, Susan Warner. “This is a rare opportunity for the Museum to share with visitors the on- going historic narrative that connects the Art Deco period of glassmaking to the contemporary Studio Glass movement.”
Huchthausen’s interest in collecting began in his youth with items such as stamps, coins, and baseball cards. His studies and subsequent career as an artist later shaped his fascination with the Art Deco period, resulting in his growing glass collection.
“I was studying architecture in college and was particularly interested in the effects of light transmission on the interior spaces of structures,” notes Huchthausen. “It provided a natural expansion of my interests into the world of antique glass.”
Characterized by smooth lines, geometric shapes, and bright colors, the Art Deco glass movement began, in part, as a reaction against the elaborate and ornate style of Art Nouveau in the late 19th century. Economic austerity generated by World War I launched Art Deco into popularity, with artists, designers, and architects throughout the world adopting the style. Although Art Deco fell out of fashion following World War II, the style regained its popularity in the 1970s.
Huchthausen began actively collecting pieces from the Art Deco period in the early 1970s, starting with powder boxes. In 1973, Huchthausen acquired his first major work of art, a piece from the Le Verre Francais line designed by Charles Schneider, leading to the purchase of 20 more significant Art Deco works in glass over the next four years. Huchthausen’s collection continued to grow during the 1980’s and accelerated following his move to Seattle in 1989.
“After collecting for so many decades, it gives me great pleasure to share a significant part of my collection with the public. I sincerely hope it provides a better understanding and perspective into one of the most spectacular eras of international design,” says Huchthausen.
Art Deco Glass from the Huchthausen Collection will include over 200 pieces from his personal collection, which is now composed of over 300 works of Art Deco glass, much of it by European designers. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with essays by esteemed German scholar Helmut Ricke and independent curator William Warmus.
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Image Credit: René Lalique (French, 1860-1945). Vase Bacchantes (Bacchantes Vase), 1927. Press-molded opal glass. 9 1/2 x 8 3/4 in. (24.1 x 22.2 cm). Collection of David Huchthausen. Photo by Lloyd Shugart.