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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 9 13/16 x 8 1/16 x 5 1/16 in. (24.9 x 20.5 x 12.8 cm)
COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Gift of Paul F. Walter
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Pitcher. Colorless pressed glass molded in three parts. Terraced round base. Short squat plain stem. Collar between bowl and stem. Square bucket bowl with spout. Wavy contour to rim depressed on each side. Applied handle with flattened top decorated with three diagonal deeply molded bands ending in a fan and each band connected with a fan. Diagonal band and fan pattern. Condition: Overall very good. Fire flaw to rim. Hairline crack at bottom of bowl.
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