Cameo Scent Bottle with Fruit

Object Name: 
Cameo Scent Bottle with Fruit

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Object Name: 
Cameo Scent Bottle with Fruit
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 7.3 cm, W: 4.7 cm, D: 3.1 cm
On Display
about 1880-1890
1888 (silver)
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Ennion Society
Web Description: 
Talented glassworkers from continental Europe flocked to Stourbridge, a remote location in central England, to take part in the cameo boom. Among them were Jules Barbe (French, 1847–about 1926) and Fridolin Kretschman (Bohemian, about 1850–1898). Kretschman later immigrated to New York and lived briefly in Corning.
Kaplan, Leo (d. 2013), Former Collection
Jacobson, Susan Kaplan, Source
Grover, Raymond, Former Collection
J. G & S [image of lion, hexagon, and anchor]
Stamped around neck of metal collar hallmark possibly for John Goffe & Son (1882-1886), Sterling, 1888(?), Birmingham
L.6.2. / 82
Affixed inside cap rectangular white paper label with hand-written inscription
Primary Description: 
Cameo Scent Bottle with Fruit. Colorless or light amber and white glasses, purple, green, yellow, and orange paint or enamel, gilding, silver, cork; cased, blown, carved, painted or enameled, gilded, assembled. Flattened globular white on transparent light amber or colorless glass scent bottle. One side of bottle decorated with pair of pears on branch with leaves; opposite side decorated with pair of plums on branch with leaves. Ends of stems curl around base to create somewhat flat surface. Relief layer painted in greens, yellow, orange, blue, and purple, possibly fired enamel. Background of continuous undulating gold-painted line. Silver neck fixed to top of bottle; globular cap decorated with ornamental filigree hinged to neck. Cork set within top of cap.
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.
English cameo glass perfume bottles (2020) illustrated, p. 246, AT26;
Acquisitions (2017) illustrated, pp. 28-29 (#19); BIB# AI103665
Cameo Glass: Masterpieces from 2000 Years of Glassmaking (1982) illustrated, pp. 81, 117; #80; BIB# 30609
English Cameo Glass (1980) illustrated, p. 265, fig. C210; BIB# 20952