"Ruba Rombic"

Reuben Haley (American, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1872–1933 Beaver, Pennsylvania)

Consolidated Lamp and Glass Company, Art Glassware Division, Coraopolis, PA
H. 9-1/4, Diam. 7 inches (irregular) (23.5 x 17.8 cm.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Theodore R. Gamble Jr. Gift, in honor of his mother, Mrs. Theodore Robert Gamble, 1986
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  • Description

    Inspired by Cubist paintings he saw at the Exposition des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes, Haley designed his distinctive line of "Ruba Rombic" glassware. According to a 1928 advertisement for the line, its name derives from ruba'i, a Persian poetry form, and the geometry term rhombic, meaning an irregular form having no right angles. The name implies that these glass objects are a combination of refined art and scientific knowledge, an appropriate combination for expressionistic objects manufactured through industrial means. "Ruba Rombic" was factory produced and available at department stores across America at a relatively affordable price for middle-class consumers interested in modernist design.

  • Exhibition History

    Newport Beach, California: Orange County Museum of Art, May 25 - August 19, 2001. Flint, Michigan: Flint Institute of Arts, September 14 - December 16, 2001. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, January 11 - April 7, 2002. Charlotte, North Carolina: Mint Museum of Craft & Design, May 3 - July 28, 2002. Tulsa, Oklahoma: The Philbrook Museum of Art, Inc August 23 - November 17, 2002. ¦American Modern¦.

    Classic/Fantastic: Selections from the Modern Design Collection, MMA, December 21, 2007 - April 5, 2009.

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