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Decorative Arts

The technique of pressing glass into molds was introduced to the United States in the 1820s from England, where it had been invented the previous century. Elaborate molds, however, were an American innovation. At first, pressed glass imitated faceted cut glass, but later other styles were used, as seen here in a pitcher and goblet in the Japanese taste. Pressed glass was inexpensive to produce and this available to a large audience.

DATES ca. 1880
DIMENSIONS 6 3/8 x 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 in. (16.2 x 8.3 x 8.3 cm)
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Paul F. Walter
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Colorless pressed glass goblet, molded in three parts; conical round base; plain stem, collar between stem and bowl; square bucket bowl. Bowl decorated with three diagonal molded bands ending in a fan and each band is connected by a fan at midpoint. Condition: Very good.
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