Covered Vase

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Object Name: 
Covered Vase
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 25.3 cm, Diam (max): 12.8 cm
On Display
about 1760-1765
Web Description: 
During the 17th century, Britain’s East India Companies brought more and more tea, spices, porcelain, and lacquer to Europe. Artists and craftsmen there began to make objects that invoked the exotic spirit of the East without merely imitating the Asian imports. Some of them were made of slightly translucent white glass that resembled expensive Chinese porcelain. Independent decorators often painted and gilded both glass and porcelain. The Europeans’ chinoiserie style of decoration featured gilding, asymmetrical forms, unusual perspectives, and Oriental motifs. This covered vase was part of a garniture, a group of flower vases and covered urns that often graced the mantel of a fashionable drawing room. It is decorated with a large formal bouquet of brilliantly enameled flowers.
Delomosne & Son Limited, Source
Paper Label
Primary Description: 
Covered Vase. Opaque white lead glass; blown, enameled. (a) Baluster shape with short neck, rounded shoulders and tapered base; enameled on the side with a large formal bouquet of brilliantly enameled flowers (pink rose and buds, red-brown roses, purple and yellow primroses, and a purple and white passion flower), on the reverse, a spray of pink honeysuckle, along with two small floral sprigs (one a blue flower, lavender flowers); colorless glass rough pontil mark on the base; serrated circular paper label inscribed "2." (b) Domed form with folded rim and inset flange; drawn ball finial with rough pontil mark on top; decorated with a rose spray and a spray of purple and yellow violets, with scattered leaves between.
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass
Yokohama Museum of Art 1992-10-12 through 1992-12-13
Glass as a medium for imitation (2014-11) illustrated, p. 15, left; BIB# AI98583
Stourbridge Glass: A Cut Above the Rest (2014-03) illustrated, p. 14 (right); BIB# AI98403
Enamelling and Gilding on Glass (2013) illustrated, p. 71 (right); BIB# 142116
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass (1992) illustrated, p. 83, #78; BIB# 35679
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1982 (1983) illustrated, pp. 7, 13; BIB# AI97140
Gilding the Lily (1978) #21, pp. 9, 16; BIB# 28960