When my husband took this photo of this Cubist decanter at the Corning Museum of Glass, I hadn’t noticed that the maker was from Coraopolis, PA near Pittsburgh, so it was cool to discover that . Ruba Rombic was created by Reuben Haley of the Consolidated Glass and Lamp Company. As summed up by one author, it’s Crazy-Looking but Valuable Glassware. Reuben Haley was influenced by the displays of glass at the Paris Exposition of 1925, and set out to make “epic modern art,” in colors such as Jungle Green, Smokey Topaz, Jade, Lilac, Sunshine, Silver, and Silver Cloud. Ruba Rombic was not a commercial success. It was expensive to make with all the asymmetric acute angles, and tendency to break in the unmolding process, but now due to it’s scarcity and fabulousness, is a collector’s item and is in museum collections, such as Corning, Kirkland Museum of Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
More photos at my HiP Passions Pinterest Board.
Resources for Collectors:
- Ruba Rombic: Glass Review, 1986
- Daryle Lambert on Antiques: Consolidated Glass – Ruba Rombic, Martele and the Valuable Lalique Look-Alike
- Ruba Rombic is Crazy-Looking but Valuable Glassware
- Consolidated Glass: The Art Deco Years(1925-1931), Worthpoint
- Reuben Haley: 20th Century Glass Master
- Learn the Difference Between Consolidated Ruba Rombic, Kopp and Muncie
- Twisted, Distorted, Ruba Rombic Starts to Sizzle
- Decophobia: Consolidated Glass
- Ruba Rombic at Moderne Gallery