Matchbox Containing 11 Glass Parts of Marine Animals and Several Broken Bits

Object Name: 
Matchbox Containing 11 Glass Parts of Marine Animals and Several Broken Bits

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Object Name: 
Matchbox Containing 11 Glass Parts of Marine Animals and Several Broken Bits
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
93.3.74-16
Dimensions: 
Matchbox H: about 1.9 cm, W: 6 cm, D: 3.7 cm
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
1863-1890
Web Description: 
Leopold and Rudolf made different glass body parts ahead of time to streamline and standardize their production process. Only after receiving an order would they compile these parts into a model by assembling them with metal wires and glue. Once assembled, the model was painted and embellished to appear as realistic as possible. Although both father and son participated in all aspects of production, Leopold preferred to make the glass, while Rudolf concentrated on painting and finishing the models. These 40 matchboxes house premade glass parts for making a variety of invertebrate models. The collection demonstrates the Blaschkas’ meticulous attention to detail and organization. A matchbox case typically contains written text and an illustration disclosing its contents. Vibrant flames of colored glass attached to wire supports, wispy tendrils, groups of thin glass hairs, little eyes (“Kleine Augen”), and Tubularia grapes (“Tubularia Trauben”) are all stored securely in boxes.
Provenance: 
Pones, Gertrude (German), Former Collection
Botanical Museum of Harvard University, Source
1993-11-09
Primary Description: 
Matchbox Containing 11 Glass Parts of Marine Animals and Several Broken Bits. Colorless and yellow glasses, metal, wood, paper; lampworked. Glass parts of marine animals, most of which are double- or single-walled bubbles. Inner walls of some parts are covered with small dots of colored glass. Glass parts stored in two-part matchbox covered in blue paper. Rectangular paper label with illustration of marine part hand-drawn in pencil affixed to top of box.