Tuesday, September 9, 2008

I'm Loving - Bell Jars

Recently I have developed an obsession with bell jars. Although I only own a few of my own I seem to be spotting them everywhere.
These three classic cloche jars are from Barreveld International and DK Living , one of my favorite sources. They are a, "to the trade only", source for glass, garden, and tabletop accessories as well as a myriad of other yummy do-dads. They offer a large variety of shapes and sizes.



Glass artist extraordinaire, Andy Paiko, produces fantastical creations under glass that redefine the lowly bell jar.

Artist Katherine Gray takes a whimsical approach to this classic element using shape and color to great effect.




On a more practical ( or should I say affordable) note, even West Elm has stepped it up a notch with these interestingly shaped cloche jars.



While these beauties are not truly bell jars but cheese or dessert plates they are still in the same vein. (Neiman Marcus)

Doesn't everything look better under glass? (Neiman Marcus)

Even the long reigning queen of chunky wrought iron, Jan Barboglio throws her hat in the glass topped ring with her line of serving dished avaialble at Neimen Marcus.

10 comments:

vicki archer said...

I love these bell jars. I hunt around in the French antique markets for the old ones when I can but it is becoming increasingly difficult to find them and often they are far too damaged. These jars look wonderful empty or filled.

Cote de Texas said...

Someone else was just joking about how these are called cloche in France and we were like, what is a cloche? this is a really pretty collection of them!

Joni

Mélanie said...

I love the paiko's ones

KayEllen said...

Hi Jackie!
Just adore these glass bells. Nice to see so many on your blog entry!
I have a couple of them myself...and just love to display things in them...
they are really hard to photograph for me! Maybe one of these days are figure it out:)
Are you going to the D&WC coming up?
Would love to see you!
kayellen

Charlie @ So Lovely said...

Hi Jackie
I wanted to write and complement you on the article you wrote last year about "ripping off" others designs. Good for you! I know I am a little late but I was googling articles about the fact that "the plate wall" at the Viceroy is a complete rip-off of David HIck's. Also several fabric designs from KW fabric line are strangely very close to the designs of David Hicks in the '70's. I wonder if its strange for India to have to sit next to KW or does she just rise above. I understand that very rarely are there "new designs" but give credit where credit is due!
C.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Everything DOES look better under glass. :)

Jackie Von Tobel said...

Glad you all liked these beautiful glass objects. I marvel at how artisans can manipulate the same raw material into such different finished products.

Topsy Turvy said...

Love these - what a great collection!

-Lana

Fifi Flowers said...

These are FAB! What a GREAT collection! I would love to own so many of these BUT where would I put them is the question... hmmmm

Patricia Gray said...

This post of your is too coincidental, because I just finished hanging a bell jar chandelier in my home. Love them. They are so classic and timeless.