Leafing through Glass Flowers

by Larissa Glasser, Library Assistant
March 22, 2019

Glass flowers

Leafing through Glass Flowers

Glass Flowers

Rhododendron maximum, Rudolf Blaschka, 1896. Photograph by Natalja Kent © 2019 President and Fellows of Harvard College.

Leafing through Glass Flowers

by William Cannon for The Harvard Gazette

For the first time in 25 years the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture is producing a book on the Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, better known as the Glass Flowers.

On a recent Thursday, a team delicately repaired, cleaned, and photographed select models in a dark, climate-controlled room. A good portion of the 4,000-piece collection, crafted exclusively for Harvard by father-and-son artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka from 1886 to 1936, lined shelves and bakery racks nearby.

The collection’s conservator, Scott Fulton, said he’s constantly asking himself of the Blaschkas: “How did they do this?”

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