The 19th century glass makers Leopold Blaschka (1822-1895) and his son Rudolf (1857-1939) created glass models of plants and invertebrate animals. The early “sea creatures” were sold to universities around the world until 1886, when Harvard University commissioned the “glass flowers.” Over fifty years (until 1936) the Blaschkas produced 4,200 one-of-a-kind botanical models for the Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants.
This Research Guide lists selected books, articles, and links to websites relating to the Blaschkas. It also links to pages describing The Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka Collection in the Rakow Research Library. This archive includes over 900 original art drawings made as studies for the Blaschka's glass models. It also includes dictionaries, travel books, correspondence, pictorial works, and photographs.
The archives of Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka include over 900 original art drawings of plants and invertebrate animals made as studies for the Blaschka's glass models. The archive also includes dictionaries, travel books, correspondence, pictorial works, and photographs. The Museum acquired the majority of these items in the 1980s, and later purchased the remaining Blaschka studio materials jointly with the Botanical Museum of Harvard University.
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