Reuben Haley (American, 18721933)
Glass; H. 9 1/4 in. (23.5 cm), Diam. 7 in. (17.8 cm)
Purchase, Theodore R. Gamble Jr. Gift, in honor of his mother, Mrs. Theodore Robert Gamble, 1986 (1986.413.2)
Inspired by Cubist paintings he saw while visiting the 1925 Exposition des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes in Paris, Reuben Haley designed the distinctive Ruba Rombic glassware, transforming the two-dimensional principles of Cubist painting into three-dimensional objects. 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 with 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.