Cameo Vase

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Object Name: 
Cameo Vase
Accession Number: 
98.2.7
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 19.7 cm, Diam: 10.9 cm
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
about 1917
Web Description: 
Cameo glass made by Stevens and Williams followed the same Islamic and Oriental styles that influenced this English firm's rock-crystal cut glass (see 98.2.6). According to family tradition, the engraver Joshua Hodgetts had access to an important local collection of Oriental art. Some of his vases are entirely wheel-cut, without the use of acid to speed the process. Hodgetts referred to the design of this vase as "Nara Glass Raised Decoration/Black Decoration on White Ground." This suggests that the object is related to Nara-period art, named after Japan's capital city in the eighth century. However, the design more closely resembles Chinese Qing porcelain of the 18th century.
Department: 
Pattern Name: 
Nara
Provenance: 
Stevens & Williams, Ltd., Former Collection
1998-03-06
Royal Brierley Crystal, Former Collection
Primary Description: 
Opaque white, colorless and opaque "black" glass; blown, cased, carved in Oriental style. Ovoid form with flaring neck and rim with carved decoration of three-toed black dragons amid clouds. Design # 48947.
Recent Important Acquisitions, 41 (1999) illustrated, p. 203, #51; BIB# AI43981
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1998 (1999) illustrated, p. 2; BIB# AI95009
The Royal Brierley Collection of English Glass (1998-03-03) Lot 175; BIB# 57479
British Glass 1800-1914 (1991) p. 218, pl. 210; BIB# 34317