Liquor or Wine Dispenser in the Shape of a Barrel

Object Name: 
Liquor or Wine Dispenser in the Shape of a Barrel

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Object Name: 
Liquor or Wine Dispenser in the Shape of a Barrel
Accession Number: 
85.2.5
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 49.6 cm, W: 20.6 cm, L: 21.9 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
about 1760-1765
Primary Description: 
Liquor or Wine Dispenser in the Shape of a Barrel. Transparent dark blue lead glass; blown, cut, assembled. a) Bulbous barrel; panel-cut central section with cut grooves toward ends; concave ends, one with short rounded circular spout ground for spigot; short cylindrical neck at top; small hole; mounted in hoops held with screws and attached to U-shaped bar with circular pad at center and cylindrical sleeve mounted on circular tilting joint with turned moldings on the side attached to spreading turned base with long projecting rod with squared end with threaded hole underneath. (b) Cup-shaped top mounted on heavy knopped stem and large spreading foot; cup top with cut undulating border with undulating sides forming 4 double cusps; sides with cut bisected ovals arcs and triangles; stem formed of heavy cylindrical segment above annulated knop, central band with cut flat oval facets, heavy cylindrical segment below; domed and terraced foot. c) Figure of nude child in gilt bronze with long hair holding open book in left hand, palm frond in right with loose length of fabric over lap.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Delomosne & Son Limited, Former Collection
Category: 
Fire and Vine: The Story of Glass and Wine
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass 2021-07-03 through 2022-12-31
Explore the many ways glass touches wine as it travels from the grape to your goblet in Fire and Vine: The Story of Glass and Wine. The entwined histories of glass and wine extend back thousands of years, from lavish feasts of ancient Rome, to the polite society of Britain in the 1700s, to formal dinner parties of post-war America, to an essential experience within our contemporary food culture. The strength, impermeability, and versatility of glass has played an important role in every step of wine’s journey, from the production, distribution, sale, and ultimately the enjoyment of this intoxicating beverage. During your visit, you’ll see a rare 2,000-year-old fragment of cameo glass depicting a grape harvest, a still-sealed bottle of wine found in a shipwreck off the coast of England, and an exceptional 400-year-old document describing an “almost unbreakable glass jar” that could prevent wine from spoiling. A focal point of the exhibition will be a dense display of dozens of wine glasses from around the world, representing many styles and tastes, fit for a variety of occasions. You will be able to envision the stories behind the glasses—and imagine yourself partaking from this delicate stemware that’s been part of countless life moments. In the exhibition, you'll also explore how the story of glass and wine has particular relevance in the Finger Lakes of New York State, which has been a nexus for both the glass and wine industries for more than 150 years. Independent, entrepreneurial winemakers and glass artists have found a mutual home in this region, building on historical tradition with new creative energy that makes Corning and the Finger Lakes an international hub for the entwined industries of fire and vine.
The Decanter: Ancient to Modern (2018) illustrated, p. 152 (fig. 3);
The Decanter: An Illustrated History of Glass from 1650 (2004) illustrated, p. 189, pl. 263 (right); BIB# 67221