I am not sure when glass cloches found their way into the world of interior decorating and display. Evidence shows they were used for gardening purposes as far back as the 1600s.
A glass cloche (pronounced klōsh) is a bell shaped cover. They were originally used to cover and protect young plants. The word cloche (French meaning “bell”) can also refer to a bell shaped hat.
My thoughtful husband recently sent me several photos of large cloches used to display footwear and handbags in an upscale department store. The photos were taken in low light and, although I could see the beauty of the displays, I wish they were clear enough to show here!
I found a few cloches at my mothers house.
I am fascinated by the unique ways people use cloches. I have an antique cut crystal cloche, which my grandmother used for fresh butter on special occasions. I use it for a ball of butter or cheese during the holidays and I have a darling small cloche that sits on a milk glass pedestal, I use it to display chocolates and pretty treats.
Glass cloches make whatever they are displaying look more important. They become a frame for things that can’t easily be framed. They also can serve the purpose of protection from dust and damage. Similar to the way that garden cloches are used to protect plants from frost.
I took pictures of cloches in our recent hotel room in Paris. I did a little rearranging while I was there, so maybe I will do another post about this beautiful room and befores and afters of my Accessory Refinement™. Nothing major, but an improvement!