Cameo Place Card Holder

Object Name: 
Cameo Place Card Holder

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Object Name: 
Cameo Place Card Holder
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 7.6 cm, Diam (max): 6.4 cm
On Display
about 1900
Credit Line: 
Gift of James and Becky Summar
Primary Description: 
Cameo Place Card Holder. Translucent pink and opaque white glasses, brass; cased, acid-etched, cameo-carved, assembled. Place card holder with bell-shaped base and three-pronged wire card holder with ball tops and oval cameo medallion on brass mount. Oval medallion decorated with cameo-carved image of flowers, perhaps lilies of the valley. Floral band engraved near edge of back of brass mount for oval medallion.
Summar, Sr., James, Source
Summar, Becky, Source
Early Auction Company, Former Collection
Pine, Former Collection
Kaplan, Leo (d. 2013), Former Collection
Cameo Glass: Masterpieces from 2000 Years of Glassmaking
Corning Museum of Glass 1982-05-01 through 1982-10-31
Cameo glass, one of the most costly and difficult decorating techniques since first century B.C., is documented and illustrated in this catalog. Included are examples from Rome, Islam, and China, as well as English 19th-century masterpieces by John Northwood and George Woodall among others. For the purposes of this catalog, the term “cameo glass” is used to refer to cased glass objects with two or more differently colored layers. The outer layer is usually an opaque or opalescent white, and the outer layer or layers have been carved in to leave the decoration standing in relief against a body of contrasting color. Shading is produced by thinning down the carved layer; highlights are created where the glass is left thickest. Both this catalog, and the exhibition for which it was created, documents the 2000-year cameo glass tradition.
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2018 (2019) illustrated, p. 54; BIB# 718683
Spring art glass auction (2010) (2010-04) illustrated, Lot 742; BIB# 113737
English Cameo Glass (1980) illustrated, p. 28; BIB# 20952