Rock Crystal Bowl

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Object Name: 
Rock Crystal Bowl
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 9.3 cm, Diam: 12.1 cm, W: 14.5 cm
On Display
about 1894
Web Description: 
This footed bowl of squat globular form is cut and engraved in the manner of jade. The body is divided in eight arched pillars, which are cut with an alternating pattern of a dragon and flowers. The company of Stevens and Williams in Stourbridge, England, was the only serious competitor to Thomas Webb and Son in the production of "Rock Crystal" glass. The firm introduced the style a year later than their rival, with the first record of the term "rock crystal" dated December 1, 1879. The cutting of the bowl is typical for the artistic and technical finesse of the master craftsman John Orchard. His skills rivaled those of William Fritsche and Frederick Engelbert Kny, highly skilled Bohemian craftsmen who were employed by Thomas Webb and Son.
Stevens & Williams, Ltd., Former Collection
Royal Brierley Crystal, Former Collection
Primary Description: 
"Rock Crystal" footed bowl. Colorless glass; blown, cut, engraved. Squat globular body cut with eight (8) arched pillars, each with engraved dragons on flowers - end two with ring handle, flaring everted scalloped rim, low stem and solid conical foot with scalloped edge, bottom of foot has design of engraved flowers and leaves.
The Corning Museum of Glass: A Decade of Glass Collecting 1990-1999 (2000) illustrated, p. 34, #40, top right; BIB# 65446
Recent Important Acquisitions, 41 (1999) illustrated, p. 196, #35; BIB# AI43981
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1998 (1999) illustrated, p. 9; BIB# AI95009
Royal Brierly Crystal (1998/2) illustrated, p. 48, #6; table of contents;
The Royal Brierley Collection of English Glass (1998-03-03) Lot 150; BIB# 57479
British Glass 1800-1914 (1991) illustrated, p. 247, pl. 240; BIB# 34317
English Rock Crystal Glass 1875-1925 (1976) # 64, pl. 17; BIB# 28212