Gilded and Enameled Glass Plate

Object Name: 
Gilded and Enameled Glass Plate

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Object Name: 
Gilded and Enameled Glass Plate
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 2.2 cm, Diam: 22.1 cm
Not on Display
about 1865-1890
Web Description: 
For ages, Europeans felt drawn by the secrets and mysteries of the Orient. In the field of glassmaking, Islamic art was highly influential from the Middle Ages on. This interest found a revival in the second half of the 19th century. The Imperial Glass Factory of St. Petersburg, Russia, was probably the first with an exhibition of Oriental-style glassware at the World's Fair in Paris 1867. In 1873, the Russian factory was joined by J. & L. Lobmeyr from Vienna and Philippe-Joseph Brocard from Paris in displaying Oriental enameled glass at the World's Fair in Vienna, and Ludwig Lobmeyr accredited Brocard with having contributed "the most beautiful of this kind in the exhibition." The Museum's plate belongs to this group, but is distinguished by mimicking an original Islamic glass plate to the minute detail. This plate had been bequeathed in 1891 to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (no. 91.1.1533). The glass enameler Philippe-Joseph Brocard (d. 1896) excelled in artful designs influenced by Islamic glass. However, his contemporaries noted that his imitations of Islamic glasses were so thorough that they easily could be confused with the original.
Sotheby's, Source
Primary Description: 
Transparent almost colorless glass with brown tint; blown, tooled, applied, red, white and blue enamel, gilding. Circular plate with vertical rim decorated in the "Mamluk" style.
Arts of the Islamic World (Sotheby’s) (2005-04-27) lot 125; BIB# 86674