Casket with Glass Panels

Object Name: 
Casket with Glass Panels

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Object Name: 
Casket with Glass Panels
Accession Number: 
84.2.54
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 19.6 cm, W: 17.8 cm, L: 26.7 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
about 1760-1770
Credit Line: 
Gift of Lucy Smith Battson, by exchange
Primary Description: 
Casket with Glass Panels. Transparent dark blue and opaque white non-lead glass, metal alloy; fused, molded, gilded. (a) Large, rectangular form, with slightly chamfered hinged lid; elaborate gilt metal framework, in lengths of scrolls, flowers, and foliage overlapping sheets of dark blue glass with incorporated white "macaroni" twists; scrolled bail handle on top, on turned posts; lock plate on the front, in a panel incorporating a human figure holding a spear; an angel immediately above, on the rim of the cover; birds, urns, etc. incorporated in the designs elsewhere; the base a sheet of gilt metal with repousse scrolled panel with rocaille, flowers, and foliage; on four stylized paw feet, of rounded form on short, triangular legs, with engraved claws and hair. (b) Gilt brass; circular decorative loop, with pierced curvilinear decoration; turned tubular shaft with molded shank; C-shaped tooth.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Mallett & Son (Antiques) Ltd., Source
1984-08-27
Category: 
Material: 
In Sparkling Company: Glass and the Costs of Social Life in Britain during the 1700s
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass 2021-05-22 through 2022-01-02
In 2020, the Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) will present In Sparkling Company: Glass and Social Life in Britain during the 1700s; an exhibition exploring the role of glass, light and reflectivity in eighteenth-century social life. In the 1700s, Britain was a vibrant and commercial nation. Its growing cities were hubs of sociability, scientific advancement, trade, and finance. From glittering costume and elaborately presented confectionery, to polished mirrors and dazzling chandeliers, glass helped define the social rituals and cultural values of the period. While new innovations in glass delighted the wealthy, the material also bore witness to the ambitions of colonization and the horrors of the African slave trade. Glass beads were traded for human lives and elegant glass dishes, baskets and bowls held sweet delicacies made with sugar produced by enslaved labor. Underpinning Britain’s prosperity were aggressive foreign trade policies, colonization and a far-reaching economy of enslavement, the profits of which funded the pleasures and innovations of the fashionable world. Beginning in the intimate setting of a private dressing room, with a magnificent silver gilt dressing service made for the Duchess of Portland in about 1700, learn about how the elite prepared themselves for a night of revelry and entertainment. See the dazzling clothes and accessories worn by the ‘polished’ individual and understand the rules that governed how they behaved. Enter a specially commissioned virtual reality reconstruction of the remarkable and innovative glass-paneled drawing room designed for the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland in 1775, an interior that hasn’t been seen for nearly 200 years. Become immersed in the glittering nightlife of British elite and feel the tension between the exuberance of the fashionable world and the human cost of such sparkling company. Through a lens of glass, see what it meant to be ‘modern’ in the 1700s, and what it cost.
In Sparkling Company: Reflections on Glass in the 18th-century British World (2020) illustrated, p. 166 (fig. 117);
Recent Important Acquisitions, 27 (1985) illustrated, pp. 102-103, #18; BIB# AI15253
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1984 (1985) illustrated, pp. 6, 10; BIB# AI96385