Using Glass Cloche Domes to Display Collections

A favorite way of calling attention to groupings of “smalls” in the shop is to cover them with a glass cloche.  Here are a few vignettes I had the fun of putting together today. Bell jars are perfect for putting small mementos and collections out in the open  And the domes keep them dust free.

04-IMG_2764A Victorian Pocket Doll Sits in a Pan of Antique Miniature Ironstone Dishes


In this vignette, a tiny damaged doll and her rabbit sit on a pile of brightly colored linen luncheon napkins that I imagine as a grassy hill. An unused pair of tiny pink socks would be cute hanging from the large glass knob.

A collection of antique diaries raise a nesting bird within this cloche.


With a little imagination, two wooden bird game pieces watch over a mind-blowing number of dice eggs. A collection of vintage decks of cards with the Bakelite dice in jars would be better. I think this display is too whimsical for the shop.25-IMG_2788

A bone china pixie surveys her hoard of old keys.


Any small collection grouped together seems more important beneath a glass dome.


This collection of vintage Wisconsin souvenirs keeps reminders of happy vacation days dust free and in sight.


See-through Depression glass works well when hosting a simple collection of 1950’s buttons and colorful thread.


A small petal lady of the same era adds a little more interest.


Small toys in a neutral hue stand out when displayed on a jungle gym of green Depression glass.


In the same way, artificial raspberries and strawberries seem to spill from this tippy placement of bowls blending colors that compliment each other.

23 thoughts on “Using Glass Cloche Domes to Display Collections

    • Thank you, Carrie. You know, I haven’t seen a post from you for awhile. I’ll have to stop over and see what you’ve been doing. I wasn’t getting all my blog posts and then I finally figured out that it had something to do with GooglePlus. Yes, that little doll (with real hair) looks like she has a lot of dishes to do!


    • Kathy,
      Do you see the little pine needle bag with the tag for mailing attached? My father sent me that when he went fishing in Wisconsin when I was about 10 years old. It is one of my favorite things.


    • Oh, Denise, that is wonderful to know. You and I have the same sense of humor, but sometimes I worry that other people aren’t going to get my imagination. Thanks for reminding me again to be myself.


  1. Ginene~ Wonderful cloche fillers! I have a bell jar that has been empty for weeks. It took me forever to decide what to put in it. I’ve finally filled it with seaside treasures from our recent trip to Martha’s Vineyard. I’ve also included a vintage lighthouse print as a backdrop behind the items. I’ll share it with you on my blog soon…


  2. Ginene, these little vignettes are all so pretty! My favourite, because of the colours and shapes, is the collection of buttons and thread and the petal lady ‘seamstress’ ready to sew something whimsical!



  3. I so ENJOYED looking at all of your creative cloche vignettes! Your attention to detail is evident in the carefully chosen collections that each are put together as if to tell a story. Perfection in choices of tones, textures and colors. You have a gift for display!

    Thank you for your kind words left on my last post.

    Happy new week!


  4. Hi, I popped over from Must love Junk. I want to thank you for your kind words about the post and my home. I wanted to let you know that I did not make a muslin test cover, honestly too much work. I did take my time to fit the fabric, pin and cut on the chair. I had to be careful with the wingbacks because I only had two of the bedspreads and no extra fabric. My first slipcover was on a small chair and I have improved ever since. Use cheaper fabric on your first so if there is a mistake you can live with it. Good luck and thanks again for stopping by to visit.


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