Glass Acts

From delicate wine glasses to circa-1955 Murano glass bookends, these local glass treasures have caught our expert's attention.

1 Screen Gem
Using a kiln in their Chicago living room, Michael and Frances Higgins began manufacturing fused-glass creations in 1948. This circa-1960 screen is made with their trademark Rondelays, or 6"-diameter glass circles, hung from a bronze armature. $2,400, Lost City Arts, 18 Cooper Sq., NYC, 212-375-0500,

2 Time in a Bottle
From its founding in 1921 to its sale in 1969, the West Virginia–based Blenko Glass Company produced some of America’s most sculptural glassware, such as this teardrop-shaped sea-green decanter from 1963 (12" h., 3½" diam.). $450, Culture + Object, 136 Madison Ave., NYC, 917-640-5287,

3 In Living Color
This circa-1958 stained-glass and lead pendant (7" x 9") takes a standard 60- or 75-watt incandescent bulb and emits light in shades of blue, green, orange, red, and yellow. The hook and hoop are brass. $1,450, Cosmo, 314 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, 718-302-4662,

4 Vienna Accord
Otto Prutscher, a seminal figure in Vienna’s Wiener Werkstätte movement, designed this pair of delicate wineglasses with notched stems around 1910. $7,500, Leah Gordon, 1050 Second Ave., NYC, 212-872-1422,

5 Book ’Em
Like many a good novel, these circa-1955 Murano glass bookends—both red and clear and studded with gold-flecked orbs—take on many nuances when examined from different angles (5¼" h., 5½" diam.). $2,800 for the pair, Eric Appel, 306 E. 61st
St., NYC, 212-605-9960,