01 Oct Luxurious Glass: The most sought-after glass on earth
From ornate pieces of art to high-end homes showcasing views that reach for miles, glass is no stranger to the world of luxury. As one of the world’s most versatile materials, glass has shown time and time again to be the perfect choice for a diverse range of architectural masterpieces, interior design statements, and show-stopping homewares. At Australian IG, we have seen first-hand how glass can transform a space and take a mediocre room to the next level. We’ve found some of the most sought after glass on earth to put things into perspective and showcase just how opulent it can be!
La Sentinella di Venezia (The Sentinel of Venice)
Murano glass is created on the island of Murano near Northern Italy. The very specific glassblowing process that makes it so unique and striking has been around for centuries but maintains a level of exclusivity thanks to its high price point. La Sentinella di Venezia, a glass sculpture by Thomas Stearns, was only estimated to sell for $300,000 to $500,000 but became the most expensive piece of Murano glass work ever sold when it sold for $737,000 in 2018.
As one of the most collectible items in the world due to its quality, patterns, country of origin, and the name, Waterford Crystal has become a staple when it comes to luxurious glass pieces. Dating back to the late 18th century, when an uncle and his nephew began the business, it became world-renowned but closed in 1851 due to regulations imposed on the manufacturing and exportation of glass. It began production again 100 years later and to this day has maintained its exquisite reputation.
Setting the record for the most expensive ancient glass ever to be sold at an auction, the Roman glass bowl has maintained its incredible state for over 1700 years and was purchased for over $4million AUD. Said to be cut from a single piece of glass, this piece from the third century was made in the eastern Mediterranean and most likely used as an oil lamp. Still, in near-perfect condition, the 8×10 inch piece was originally clear however due to being buried for an extended time frame, it has now iridized.
The Glass House
Designed by world-famous architect Philip Johnson, The Glass House was built for his own dwelling in Connecticut in 1949. Selling for US$7.7 million, the two-bedroom, single-storey home was well ahead of its time with glass featuring as the main building material making the home virtually transparent.
At Australian IG, our goal is always to create and customise unique glass projects for our customers. With a team of experts at hand to process and manufacture, and complete bespoke glazing in both commercial and residential settings. Reach out to our team today to find out how we can assist on your next show-stopping project