Time in a Bottle at the Museum of Glass

The Tacoma Museum of Glass takes visitors back in time to the Czechoslovakian boudoirs of the 1920s and 1930s with one of its most recent exhibitions, Bohemian Boudoir. The collection captures time in a bottle, exploring the soft, feminine side of these decades by featuring hand-crafted vanity sets, perfume bottles and powder boxes.

With over 40 pieces from various collections, the exhibition showcases the creative and commanding minds of Czech craftsmen. The Czechoslovakian glass industry, once highly-esteemed, was destroyed by the political and social unrest spurred by World War II. These Czech glass pieces are now extremely rare and difficult to find.

You can expect to find a variety of cut glass creations in the exhibition, such as candle sticks, atomizers, ring trays and soap dishes. These vanity items are not like the ones seen on the market today. They feature colors, shapes and intricate designs that embody the glamorous lifestyle of the era in which they were created.

“With the recent fascination with 1920s popular culture such as the new version of ‘The Great Gatsby’ and BBC’s ‘Downton Abbey’, these exquisite pieces serve as reminder of the quality of goods that rarely exists with today’s disposable consumer products,” says Katie Phelps, curator of Bohemian Boudoir.

The exhibition is open during regular Museum hours, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday -Saturday and 12 p.m.-5 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and college students with a valid student ID get in free on Sundays. Bohemian Boudoir will be on display until May 4th.

Bohemian Boudoir is a splendid display of all things delicate and feminine, and will leave you lusting after these antique status symbols. According to Phelps, “these relics from a glamorous era are an amazing reminder of the dramatic effects of geo-political changes.”

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