Under Glass...

Glass Display domes have become a ubiquitous design scheme of late. In truth, one can be very creative when deciding what sorts of items and how they wish to place them under a glass dome.  Their roots can be traced back to the Victorian era, a time when people were fascinated by nature, collecting and display. A time when people began large migrations to cities where they were confronted with a constant battle to keep the filth of the outside city at bay. Glass domes enabled owners to display their valuable, rare or decorative items while protecting them from coal dust and smoke (a result of heating and city living throughout the 19th-century). Anything from wax flowers, wax desserts, sculptures, specimens of nature or  taxidermy creatures could be found under glass domes that adorned mantles or library tables in the Victorian home. The glass dome not only allowed delicate items to be viewed, but also conveyed a Victorian sensibility of pride and preservation of one's home. Thus glass display domes became symbols of prosperous middle-class life.  

Dome with 18th-Century Human Skull

Dome with 18th-Century Human Skull

E.H. Shepard, illustrator of  Winne the Pooh,  captured a scene of his childhood by the hearth.

E.H. Shepard, illustrator of Winne the Pooh, captured a scene of his childhood by the hearth.

A Victorian (esque) Vignette

A Victorian (esque) Vignette

Glass Dome with Butterfly Specimen

Glass Dome with Butterfly Specimen

Victorian Glass Dome available at www.van-royen.com

Victorian Glass Dome available at www.van-royen.com

Glass Domes to Protect an Assortment of Items

Glass Domes to Protect an Assortment of Items