"Ruba Rombic" Vase

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

Manufacturer: Consolidated Lamp and Glass Company, Art Glassware Division, Coraopolis, PA

Date: 1928

Medium: Glass

Dimensions: H. 9 1/4 × Diam. 7 in. (23.5 × 17.8 cm)

Classification: Glass

Credit Line: Gift of Theodore R. Gamble Jr., in honor of his mother, Mrs. Theodore Robert Gamble, 1986

Accession Number: 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.