12th Annual Glassblowers’ Christmas and Special Exhibit: Forever in Bloom: Florals Depicted in Glass
November 19 @ 9:30 am - December 30 @ 5:00 pm
November 19. 2021 – December 30, 2021
12th Annual Glassblowers’ Christmas: It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Featuring the hand-blown glass of Cape Cod artists beautifully displayed on our forest of Christmas trees, you are certain to find the perfect ornament for this holiday season. This is an indoor show/sale that is free to view. Touring the Glass Museum is a seperate admission.
Forever in Bloom: Florals Depicted in Glass
The Sandwich Glass Museum is pleased to present its Winter Exhibition, Forever in Bloom: Florals Depicted in Glass, as part of its 12th Annual Glassblowers’ Christmas celebration. This colorful display will brighten any winter’s day with works from the Victorian era, as well as examples from some of our local glass artists.
Although floral motifs were always popular, they gained momentum during the late 19th century. The language of flowers or floriography, blossomed during the Victorian era when floral gifts were encoded with secret messages. A single flower could equate a message of love, hope, or sadness, thus expressing feelings that could not be spoken in public.
Keeping up with the trend, floral motifs were depicted on a wide range of items produced by the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company (1825-1888). Among the designs found on Sandwich decorated wares was the white rose. Roses were popular in Victorian arrangements and the white rose, as noted in Kate Greenaway’s Language of Flowers published in 1889, was a symbol of worthiness or I am worthy of you.
Today, glass artists feature flowers in many forms. For example, Sandwich glassmaker, David McDermott used a murrini cane to create a floral landscape for a vase inspired by the painting, Field of Flowers, by Egidio Antonaccio. The red poppy, which dominates the vase, was a symbol of conciliation or sleep.
We hope you will join us during the holidays for an early glimpse of Spring in Forever in Bloom. which opens November 19, 2021 and closes in Spring of 2022. The Sandwich Glass Museum is open daily from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. Please check the Museum’s website, www.sandwichglassmuseum.org, for further information.