"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

Description

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.

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