Celebrating Libbey Glass, 1818-2018

4 May–24 November 2018

Exhibition Overview

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To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Libbey Glass Company and its tradition of excellence in glassmaking, the TMA has organized this major exhibition of glass that shares the story of American ingenuity in glass making. Celebrating Libbey Glass will present more than 175 outstanding examples of glass from TMA’s renowned collection as well as objects and materials from the Libbey Inc. archives, including pressed glass tableware, Amberina art glass, Libbey’s world-renowned “brilliant” cut glass (including TMA’s glorious Libbey Punch Bowl), mid-century modern barware and examples of more recent “premium give-away” glasses for companies like Pizza Hut and McDonalds. Throughout its history, Libbey Glass Company has created a great variety of decorative and useful blown and pressed objects in both colorless and richly colored glass, at times decorated with cutting and engraving. Its success helped to brand Toledo as “The Glass City.” The Libbey family co-founded TMA in 1901 and their generous endowment continues to sustain the Museum.

(Photo: Libbey Glass Company, Toledo, Ohio, John Rufus Denman (American, 1876–1956) and Patrick H. Walker (American, 1868–1954), cutters, Plaque. Colorless glass, cut and engraved, 1903–1904. Diam. (rim) 12 3/16 in. (31 cm). Gift of Owens-Illinois Glass Company, 1951.266)

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