Cloches were first used in Italy in the early 1600s to protect plants from cold winds and frost…
And yes, believe it or not, from the snow too!
But it was the French who developed the bell shape that is so familiar today.
Do you see how these two antique cloches vary in shape?
Cloches are formed from a solid piece of glass in the shape of a dome, and as mentioned, you will find variations that flare at the bottom to resemble a bell. Thus cloches are also commonly referred to as bell jars and domes.
And like so many great objects, cloches have become multi-functional beyond their original mini greenhouse purpose!
So let’s take a look at how cloches have been used in decor… I know, another look. But a refresher never hurts, right?
Since the Holiday Season is upon us, let’s start with with this display of vintage glass ornaments…
Such a beautiful way to feature and protect them at the same time.
Have you started your baking yet?
Glass cloches add a feeling of decadence, and help maintain the freshness of tempting delights.
Mirrors, cloches and twinkling, flickering light…
Are a match made in Heaven, don’t you agree?
And for that special day, when two become one…
Complimenting the head table with bell shaped cloches is the perfect finishing touch.
Elevated cloches can serve double duty at each place setting for your dinner parties…
…by adding height to the scene, and offering your guests a little starter before the main meal. I love the way the cloche off-sets the wine glass.
Or how about using a cloche for your centerpiece instead?
Did you notice the glass bobbles inside? A perfect way to add extra height to the cones, and bounce just a little more light for sparkle and shine.
And if it’s breakfast or brunch that’s taking place…
Wouldn’t it be fun to serve each guest with their own mini cloche while also keeping their food warm?
When it comes to presentation, I like the function of layering cloches into vignettes.
An elevated cloche can establish the height, and then it’s easy to layer your pieces down from there.
In a tapering triangle like you see here. Notice how the crystal pieces are staggered in height?
Cloches are perfect to layer in front.
Because they add visual interest, and still allow the eye to see through to your treasures placed in behind.
A cloche not only highlights treasures, but can be it’s own treasure too.
Like this French glass dome c. 1890s placed over a vintage set of books. I think the books look so amazing displayed like this.
Reflecting light. A key element in decor. And placing a glass cloche over a set of apothecary jars will do just that.
Notice how the other pieces in this vignette also have reflective surfaces?
Try placing one cloche over another…
If you don’t happen to own a cloche, never fear.
Maybe you can you find inspiration in this DIY vignette.
See how easy it is to create your own cloche-look using other glass objects? Did you notice the dome over the rose?
Well that’s actually repurposed from something like this.
Can you believe? And did you notice the price tag? Just $2.99 at the Goodwill!
Here’s another idea you might like.
These cloches are designed for the jewellery trees…
But you can easily adapt this idea for your own jewellery by repurposing 2nd-hand dome clocks. Who knew it could be this easy?
And since cloches were originally made for outside…
I couldn’t resist ending with this one.
What a bright idea to welcome guests to your home! 😉
I hope you’ve found some ideas in here that might work for you. I know I’ve found a few!
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