Pitcher

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Object Name: 
Pitcher
Accession Number: 
2011.4.84
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 25.1 cm, W: 22.7 cm, D: 13.2 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
about 1845-1855
Web Description: 
This pitcher is a rarity in mid-19th-century cut glass tableware in that it is colored rather than colorless. While the cut pattern is Anglo-Irish, the extremely heavy and somewhat clumsy foot indicates that the piece was probably not made in England. The pattern is typical of the period, and various factories could have produced it, including several in Massachusetts, Penn¬sylvania, New York, and New Jersey. The pitcher was in a New Jersey collection, however, and since we know that P. C. Dum¬mer & Company made cut colored glassware there, that factory is the most likely source. The Museum has a collection of seven pieces of glassware that descended in the Dummer family, and several of them are cut in this style. None of the glass made by the Dummer firm is marked, so this family collection offers one way to investigate what the factory produced. Several other glasshouses on the East Coast were making high-quality tableware in the mid-1800s, so the attribution is by no means certain. The Jersey Glass Company was founded in 1824 by the glass cutter George Dummer and two partners. The company, whose name was changed to P. C. Dummer & Company around 1830, was in operation for 38 years. In the 1840s and 1850s, when this pitcher was made, the firm received awards for its fine cut glass at industrial fairs in New York City and Philadelphia. Little of the company’s production remains today, but “what does sur¬vive attests to the high quality of the glass itself and of the cut¬ting, which was in the most fashionable style of the day” (Spill¬man and Frelinghuysen, p. 715; see below). To learn more about the Dummer factory and its products, see Jane Shadel Spillman and Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, “The Dummer Glass and Ceramic Factories in Jersey City, New Jer¬sey,” The Magazine Antiques, v. 137, no. 3, March 1990, pp. 706– 717.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Stradlings, Source
2011-10-20
Primary Description: 
Transparent green glass; blown, applied, cut. Pitcher with ovoid, panel-cut body, horizontally-notched waisted neck, panel-cut spout, and saw-toothed rim. Applied circular foot and faceted handle with flat thumb rest at top.
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2011 (2012) illustrated, p. 8;
The Corning Museum of Glass: Notable Acquisitions 2011 (2012) illustrated, p. 27; BIB# AI87745
Notes: Corning Museum Makes Major Additions to Glass, Library Collections (2012) illustrated, p. 276, no. 17; BIB# AI92535