Goblet made for Albert Gallatin

Object Name: 
Goblet made for Albert Gallatin

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Object Name: 
Goblet made for Albert Gallatin
Accession Number: 
79.4.329
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 23.3 cm; Rim Diam: 23.3 cm; Foot Diam: 13.35 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
about 1798
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Jerome Strauss
Web Description: 
In 1797, the first glasshouse west of the Alleghenies was built in New Geneva, Pennsylvania. It was financed by Albert Gallatin, who had come to Pennsylvania from Geneva, Switzerland, in 1780. By the time his factory opened, Gallatin owned large properties in the western part of the state and was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He later served as Secretary of the Treasury under President Thomas Jefferson and as minister to France and to Great Britain. The large drinking glass shown here was made at Gallatin’s glasshouse. It contains a silver “achievement” medal from the College of Geneva in Switzerland, from which Gallatin graduated in 1779. The goblet descended in the family of Charles Alexandre Mestrezat, one of Gallatin’s relatives.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Strauss, Jerome (1893-1978), Source
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Primary Description: 
Goblet made for Albert Gallatin. Green glass and silver; blown. Bell-shape bowl of greenish bubbly glass attached by a wafer to a solid "capstan shape" stem; attached to a spherical hollow knop enclosing a silver medal; attached to a round domed foot with folded rim; rough pontil mark.
Saving Washington
Venue(s)
New York Historical Society Museum and Library 2017-03-03 through 2017-07-30
First Lady Dolley Madison is often remembered as a hostess who saved the White House portrait of George Washington from British vandalism during the War of 1812. But in fact, she was the most influential woman in America during the nation’s formative years—a national, almost mythic figure. Even more, she was a powerful force during a time when women were excluded from affairs of state. As the inaugural exhibition in the Joyce B. Cowin Women’s History Gallery, Saving Washington recasts the traditional Founding Fathers narrative to consider the less-examined contributions of women whose behind-the-scenes efforts helped implement the Constitution “on the ground.” In spite of laws restricting their broader participation, elite and non-elite women alike sought various avenues for empowerment, activism, and leadership. Featuring more than 150 objects—such as artworks, books, documents, clothing, jewelry, and housewares—within immersive installations, Saving Washington evokes Dolley Madison’s famous “Wednesday night squeezes,” her popular social gatherings that drew a wide range of people to “squeeze” into the President’s mansion and encouraged informal diplomacy. Lead support for Saving Washington has been provided by the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation. Additional support provided by Susan Klein. Exhibitions at the New-York Historical Society are made possible by Dr. Agnes Hsu-Tang and Oscar Tang, the Saunders Trust for American History, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Masterpieces of American Glass
Venue(s)
Museum of Applied Arts 1990-07-27 through 1990-09-02
State Hermitage Museum 1990-09-15 through 1990-10-21
Museum of the State Institute of Glass 1990-11-02 through 1991-01-04
 
Glass: A Short History (Smithsonian Books edition) (2012) illustrated, p. 90; BIB# 130360
Glass: A Short History (The British Museum edition) (2012) illustrated, p. 90, lower; BIB# 135965
Masterpieces of American Glass (1990) illustrated, pp. 10, 91, pl. 10; BIB# 33046
Antiques and The Arts Weekly (1982-12-03) ill. p. 24;
The Pennsylvania Germans : A Celebration of their Arts, 1683-1850 (1982) pp. 66, 177, ill. pl. 42; BIB# 21999
American Glass in the Jerome Strauss Collection (1980-08) pl. I, p. 273; BIB# AI9966
American Glass (1948) (1948) pl. 45, #2; BIB# 25297
Another Gallatin Glass (1939-08) pp. 79-80;