The “Cloche”: A Versatile & Sculptural Domed Glass Of Protection & Display

Interior Display:  Sculptural Domed Focal Points With "Cloches"
Interior Display: Sculptural Domed Focal Points With “Cloches”

The Cloche. A versatile and sculptural object of function. Formed from a solid piece of glass in the shape of a dome, the term “Cloche” literally means “Bell” in French yet earlier origins of the “Cloche” are linked to the Medieval Latin word “Clocca”. The first known use of the term “Cloche” was in 1882 although the object itself was first used in Italy in the early 1600’s. Quite the longevity of purpose and function. Variations of the cloche are many, yet the traditional cloche flares at the bottom to resemble a bell. Thus, cloches are commonly referred to as “Bell Jars” and “Domes”. Sculptural interest with purpose.

The "Cloche":  Versatile Domed Glass
The “Cloche”: Versatile Domed Glass

Of interest, the earliest documentation regarding the use of the cloche can be found in John Eveyln’s Elysium Britannicum, circa 1630. The Britannicum states that the “Bell Jar” is a “Mandatory tool for any gardener of merit”. For certain, the cloche found its beginning within the world of the gardener. Defined as “A transparent plant cover used outdoors especially for protection against cold”, the gardening cloche has historically been viewed as an extremely useful and often mandatory tool for the determined gardener. In the Winter, the cloche can be used to provide vulnerable plants protection from adverse weather conditions, such as freezing rain, snow and hard frost. This protection enables the plants to continue growing into the colder months and possibly even after the first frost arrives. Prolonging a growing season, for certain. In the Spring, cloches serve to divert the rain from impacting seeds or young, tender plants at the start of the season. The cloche also serves in directing water to the soil a few inches away where the roots of the plant can maximize the absorption. In addition, the cloche urges the plants early development by trapping and fully utilizing the heat and moisture. Alas, a miniature greenhouse!. Domed shelters of purpose and function, indeed. Whether in use over a single flower or multiple rows of cloches covering new crops, these gardens under glass are intriguing when filled with the wonder of nature’s growing delights

Early Garden Delights:  Transparent Plant Cover "Cloches"
Early Garden Delights: Transparent Plant Cover “Cloches”
"Bell Jar" Of Distinction:  The  Versatile "Cloche"
“Bell Jar” Of Distinction: The Versatile “Cloche”

Although the solid piece of glass shaped like a dome began with the purpose of aiding the gardener, this object of distinction has certainly moved beyond this original function to display possibilities within the interior. Historically, it is not referenced as to when the outdoor world of the cloche was brought indoors. Either way, the cloche has become an elegant, decorative accent within the interior. And of those objects of importance protected and on display? Striking under the shelter of the domed glass they are featured under. Personal objects and collections to be admired underneath the clear layer of glass. Adding height and interest with visual appeal, the cloche provides a simple, elegant appeal of bottomless style

Showcasing Objects Of Interest Within the Interior:  Glass Domed "Cloches"
Showcasing Objects Of Interest Within the Interior: Glass Domed “Cloches”
Seasonal Decoration Under Glass Domed Shelters:  Cloches
Seasonal Decoration Under Glass Domed Shelters: Cloches
Domed, Glass Decoration:  The Bell Shaped "Cloche"
Domed, Glass Decoration: The Bell Shaped “Cloche”
Decorations Within Events:  The Glass, Domed "Cloche"
Decorations Within Events: The Glass, Domed “Cloche”

And of my favored element of decoration to be under the dome of glass?

Under A Dome Of Glass:  Stylish Display With Personal Affects
Under A Dome Of Glass: Stylish Display With Personal Affects

Consider the cloche. A functional object within the indoor world with an outdoor appeal of function. Purpose and function. Whether you use the thick, domed “Bell” of protective glass to nurture and protect the growing world you have planted or create a visual of intrigue with grouped, collected and beloved treasures within your interior, consider the versatility and beauty of an object of domed glass. Adding visual height and interest, the decoration and display of glass cloches provides an intriguing appeal. Versatile and sculptural domed glass of protection and display, indeed…

Kristin

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6 thoughts on “The “Cloche”: A Versatile & Sculptural Domed Glass Of Protection & Display

    1. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! Delighted you enjoyed the post. Certainly, the word “menagerie” is the perfect description of what can be on display beneath these objects of glass~a menagerie of treasured items, indeed!
      Kristin

    1. Thanks for the “reblog”! How fantastic that you stock these bottomless, sculptural domes of glass!
      For certain, creativity is endless on what is displayed under the protection of these functional objects of glass…
      Kristin

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