Morgan Vase

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Object Name: 
Morgan Vase
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 19.2 cm, Diam (max): 8.1 cm
On Display
Credit Line: 
Gift of W. Gordon Rockwell
Web Description: 
This unusual vase was blown of opaque white glass and enameled in imitation of the Morgan Vase, a Chinese porcelain vase that made headlines in 1886 when it was sold by the estate of Mary Morgan for $18,000. The porcelain original was bought by the Walters family of Baltimore and is now in the Walters Art Gallery there. Copies of the vase in both glass and porcelain were rushed to market as soon as the story of the sale was published. Many were made by Hobbs, Brockunier & Company of Wheeling, West Virginia, and the Museum has had one of those since it opened. This copy was originally purchased from the heirs of the decorator in Sandwich. The opaque white vase was probably blown at the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company there and then decorated with enameling as a personal creation rather than as a company product. It is unique as far as is known and it is much closer in decoration to the Chinese original than most of the glass copies.
Rockwell, Virginia, Former Collection
Shaw, Albert (d. 1952), Former Collection
Rockwell, W. Gordon, Former Collection
Primary Description: 
Opaque white glass; mold-blown, ground, painted, fired. Morgan vase shape, urn form body with sharp shoulder and narrow cylindrical neck with flared rim. Painted and fired with uneven cream color overall with sprayed on irregular maroon/purple paint.