Replica of the Portland Vase

Object Name: 
Replica of the Portland Vase

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Object Name: 
Replica of the Portland Vase
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 25 cm, Diam 19.5 cm
Not on Display
Credit Line: 
Purchased with donated funds from the Clara S. Peck Endowment Fund
Web Description: 
Locke carved this replica for exhibition at the Paris world’s fair in 1878.
Rakow, Leonard S., Former Collection
Rakow Estate, Juliette K. (Mrs. Leonard S.) (d. 1992), Former Collection
Peck Endowment, Clara S., Source
base Signed at base: JOSEPH LOCKE / WORDSLEY 1878".
Primary Description: 
Replica of the Portland Vase. Opaque white over translucent dark blue; blown, cased; acid-dipped, cameo-carved, ground, polished. Rim everted, with rounded lip; cylindrical neck curving out to shoulder which has rounded profile; body tapers toward bottom; base flat. Handles start at neck with lozenge-shaped plates; vertical ridge on outer surface which has 7 overlapping V-shaped sections; lower ends attached to overlay at shoulder. Body decorated with frieze extending from level of lower handle attachments almost to lowest surviving part of body and divided into 2 equal parts (sides I and II) by masks of Pan which hang by their horns from lower attachments of handles. Each mask has flowing locks, bushy mustache, shaggy beard, eyes with pupils delineated, and open mouth showing teeth.
J. Paul Getty Museum 2007-10-18 through 2008-01-14
Corning Museum of Glass 2008-02-15 through 2008-05-27
Cameo Glass: Masterpieces from 2000 Years of Glassmaking
Corning Museum of Glass 1982-05-01 through 1982-10-31
Cameo glass, one of the most costly and difficult decorating techniques since first century B.C., is documented and illustrated in this catalog. Included are examples from Rome, Islam, and China, as well as English 19th-century masterpieces by John Northwood and George Woodall among others. For the purposes of this catalog, the term “cameo glass” is used to refer to cased glass objects with two or more differently colored layers. The outer layer is usually an opaque or opalescent white, and the outer layer or layers have been carved in to leave the decoration standing in relief against a body of contrasting color. Shading is produced by thinning down the carved layer; highlights are created where the glass is left thickest. Both this catalog, and the exhibition for which it was created, documents the 2000-year cameo glass tradition.
Nineteenth Century English Cameo Glass from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Christian Revi
Corning Museum of Glass 1963 through 1963
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, Volume Three (2003) illustrated, pp. 88-89, # 1033; p. 77; BIB# 58895
The Corning Museum of Glass: A Decade of Glass Collecting 1990-1999 (2000) illustrated, p. 8, fifth from left; BIB# 65446
Important Acquisitions from the Rakow Collection (1993) illustrated, p. 138, #1, right; BIB# AI32225
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1992 (1993) illustrated, p. 7, fifth from left; BIB# AI96377
The History of the Portland Vase (1990) pp. 62-84;
The Glass Replicas of the Portland Vase (1982) illustrated, pp. 49-56, esp. p. 53-54;
Cameo Glass: Masterpieces from 2000 Years of Glassmaking (1982) illustrated, pp. 65, 111, #47; BIB# 30609
Steuben Glass: An American Tradition in Crystal (1982 edition) (1982) illustrated, pp. 9, 26-27, 60, fig. 21; BIB# 21935
English Cameo Glass (1980) p. 72; BIB# 20952
Nineteenth Century Cameo Glass (1956) illustrated, pp. 61-62, 140 (pl. XXIII, fig. 88-89); BIB# 27784