Exhibitions and Publications

I offer support and advise if you are planning an exhibition or publication with a glass theme. I operate your project from the initial idea to completion.

  • conception und curating
  • exhibition texts and notes
  • editing, proofreading, essays, catalogue entries
  • copywriting and image editing
  • conservational care at setup and dismantling
  • archive research
  • scheduling a timetable and cost plan
  • evaluation of presentation conditions
  • guided tours, lectures, supporting events such as glass consultation or estimation


Collection Management

I help you to take good care of your collection. A complete documentation of all items should be generated if your focus is on scholarly work. An inventory is useful, for example, before loans, conservatory measures or before taking out insurance for household or personal effects. Database-supported, it is a useful means of securing your estate.

  • cataloguing, reviewing and supplementing object information, valuation, photo documentation
  • (electronic) archiving with customized or individualized software
  • research on provenance and authenticity
  • conservational advise, arranging for restoration measures
  • supervising loans, specifying guidelines for presentation
  • coordinating transport and insurance
  • copywriting and image editing for publishing enquiries
  • assisting or conducting sales and purchases

Expert for Glass

My main area of expertise is the appraisal of historical and modern glass objects, art glass in architecture, the research on authorship as well as provenance, and the profound assessment of damages.
The Chamber of Commerce Berlin has publicly appointed and sworn me in as an expert witness for European Glass of the 15th to the 21st Century. The German legislation provides for public certification as a way of verifying that an expert is exceptionally qualified in a particular field, has personal integrity, and acts independently and impartially. The rules of procedure require German courts to call a certified expert to the witness box when they are in need of an expert opinion.
  • damage appraisal
  • conservational advice on damages to glass objects
  • authentication and valuation for insurance, transportation or sale
  • inheritance advice
  • advice on sales and purchases

For more information on the range of services a publicly appointed and sworn in art expert offers: svv.ihk.de

Verena Wasmuth

About me

I studied art history, classical archaeology, and German philology in Münster/Westphalia and London. With a thesis on glass design in former Czechoslovakia I received my doctorate at Humboldt University Berlin. After several years in the art trade, I have been working as a freelance glass scholar, curator and conservation consultant for museums, foundations, and private individuals with a focus on art and design made of glass since 1998. I was involved in numerous projects covering a time span between the Renaissance and the present day. For my clients I have coordinated catalogue productions, loans, and various exhibition projects. Thus, I built and maintained an extensive network of relevant museums, scientists, collectors, and the art trade. I am publicly appointed and sworn expert witness for European glass from the 15th to the 21st Century, certified by the Chamber of Commerce Berlin. Since 2020, I am curator of chandeliers and luminaries at the Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg.

References I will be happy to name appropriate references in a personal meeting.

In addition to my work, I am vice-chairman of the DGG expert committee V (Glass History and Glass Art) as well as in charge of publications at Light and Glass. Also, I am a member in the Verband Deutscher Kunsthistoriker e.V. and the network glasspool e.V., which I support pro bono as editor. During 2022, I was in the Museum, Art, Archaeology & History Group of the UN International Year of Glass, as well as in the German National Committee with DGG.

Bibliography (selection)

Flötengläser am preußischen Hof. Tafelkultur und Champagner im 18. Jahrhundert. In: Glas in der Frühen Neuzeit: Herstellung, Verwendung, Bedeutung, Analyse, Bewahrung, publ. by Annette C. Cremer,Heidelberg 2022 (Höfische Kultur interdisziplinär – Schriften und Materialien des Rudolstädter Arbeitskreises zur Residenzkultur, vol. 6), pp. 515-550.

One Reality from many perspectives. In: The Coburg Prize for Contemporary Glass, publ. by Sven Hauschke,Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, Petersberg 2022, pp. 30–37.

Soft Machine: Carissa Baktay. In: Glasshouse. International Magazine for Studioglass. Issue 3, 2021, pp. 7–9

Judith Schaechter. Path to Paradise. In: Glasshouse. International Magazine for Studioglass. Issue 3, 2020, pp. 8–11

Caricatures in Glass by Hans Jürgen Wolff, in: Glasshouse. International Magazine for Studioglass. Issue 1, 2020, pp. 8–9; and on Sculpture Networks.

web portal Brandenburgisches Glas. Produktionsvielfalt vom 16. bis zum 18. Jahrhundertwww.museum-digital.de

Dorie Guthrie. Masked Likenesses. In: Glasshouse. Issue 4, 2019, pp. 11–13.

Kameographies. Images in Glass. In: Glasshouse. Issue 3, 2019, pp. 24–25

Traces of Things. Saman Kalantari. In: Glasshouse. Issue 2, 2019, pp. 8–9; and on Sculpture Networks.

Michèle Lapointe – Public Inner Space. In: Glasshouse. Issue 1, 2019, pp. 10–11; and on Sculpture Networks.

New Glass Now in Corning. In: Glasshouse. Issue 1, 2019, pp. 14–15.

Jonathan Michie. Meticulous Constructions. In: Glasshouse. Issue 4, 2018, pp. 8–10; and on Sculpture Networks.

Mit der Saufeder auf Hirschjagd: Ein brandenburgischer Becher gibt Rätsel auf. In: Der Glasfreund. Zeitschrift für altes und neues Glas. Vol. 23, Issue 67, 2018, pp. 16–18.

Glas in Gernheim. Le Forme del Vetro. In: Glasshouse. Issue 2, 2018, pp. 4–5.

Das verstaatlichte Glasgewerbe der Tschechoslowakei. Systemdefizite als Chancengeber für Qualitätssicherung und Innovationsfähigkeit. In: Wirtschaftliche Transformationsprozesse in Ostdeutschland und Osteuropa. Economic History Yearbook. Vol. 58. Issue 2. 2017, pp. 439–466.

Studioglas-Sammlung Veda. Museum Baruther Glashütte. 2017, www.museum-digital.de

Editor and co-author: Gläserne Welten. Potsdamer Glasmacher schneiden Geschichte. Potsdam Museum – Forum für Kunst und Geschichte. Publ. by Jutta Götzmann und Uta Kaiser. Petersberg 2017. 49 object entries in the catalogue, pp. 78–170.

Tschechisches Glas. Künstlerische Gestaltung im Sozialismus. Cologne/Weimar/Vienna 2016. (Studien zur Kunst. Vol. 35)

Moderne Formgestaltung und Strategien zur Profilbildung an den Glasfachschulen in Haida und Zwiesel im frühen 20. Jahrhundert. Bruno Mauder und Heinrich Strehblow. In: Bayern und Böhmen. Gegenüberstellungen und Vergleiche. Exh. Cat. publ. by Collegium Carolinum. Munich 2016, pp. 225–242. [Czech version 2017]

Vom „Kristall der Armen“ zum Gestalterobjekt. Pressglas in der sozialistischen Tschechoslowakei. In: Technikgeschichte. Vol. 83. Issue 3. 2016, pp. 173–200. www.nomos-elibrary.de

Tschechische Glaskunst – Ausstellungswesen und Export in der sozialistischen ‚Kulturdiplomatie‘ der 1950er bis 1970er Jahre. In: Marek, Michaela u.a. (ed.): Kultur als Vehikel und als Opponent politischer Absichten. Kulturkontakte zwischen Deutschen, Tschechen und Slowaken von der Mitte des 19. Jahrhunderts bis in die 1980er Jahre. Essen 2010, pp. 481–509. [Czech version 2009]

Gravur in Kamenický Šenov 1945-1950. In: Braunová, Helena et al. (ed.): 4. Mezinárodní Sympozium Rytého Skla Kamenický Šenov 2005. Publ. by Sdružení symposia rytého skla, Kamenický Šenov 2006, pp. 114–120.

Czech Glass in the Limelight: The Great Exhibitions Abroad. In: Ricke, Helmut (Hg.): Czech Glass 1945-1980. Design in an Age of Adversity. Exh. Cat. Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf; The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning; International Center for Contemporary Art, Tacoma; Düsseldorf 2005, pp. 86–103.

Bohemian Glass 1930 – 1970. The Collection of The Steinberg Foundation, Vaduz. Coll. Cat. in 4 volumes. Publ. for The Steinberg Foundation. London 2001.

Creating Glass. Czech Art and Design 1940 – 1970, Drawings, The Collection of The Steinberg Foundation, Vaduz. Coll. Cat. in 13 volumes. Publ. for The Steinberg Foundation. London 1999.


My fee is based on the recommendations of the German Art Historian Association. Depending on the service required and its extent, we certainly will find a solution for your project together, such as a flat fee. Just contact me.


Dr. Verena Wasmuth
Schwedter Str. 34b
D–10435 Berlin
Tel. +49 30 4280 9393
Mob. +49 176 8169 8749