This meticulously crafted tazza (a cup on a pedestal) was part of a series designed and made by John Northwood to celebrate English accomplishments in the arts and sciences. The series included depictions of John Flaxman, the famous English Neoclassical sculptor; the scientist Sir Isaac Newton; and William Shakespeare. (A fourth, in honor of James Watt, the Scottish engineer, was never executed.) The three tazzas, preserved at the Corning Museum of Glass, were first shown in 1882; this shorter tazza was presumably made soon after. The decoration was made by a combination of acid etching and hand-carving.
4 x 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. (10.2 x 24.1 x 24.1 cm) (show scale)
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Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Theodore Kamholtz
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John Northwood (English, 1836-1902). Shakespeare Tazza, ca. 1882. Glass, 4 x 9 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. (10.2 x 24.1 x 24.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Theodore Kamholtz, 1994.203. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1994.203_SL1.jpg)
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