Russian Doll Cake Plate

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Object Name: 
Russian Doll Cake Plate
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 61.3 cm, Diam (max): 34.2 cm
Not on Display
Web Description: 
Here, Gray takes a functional object, the cake plate, and makes it into an improbable table ware with no function at all except to evoke wonder and desire. The repeating domes heighten the childlike awe that the cake plate, as the special bearer of enshrined beautiful desserts, inspires.
Elliott Brown Gallery, Source
Primary Description: 
Translucent cream-colored and opaque black and colorless glass; blown, cased, applied, tooled. b, d, f: covers, colorless and opaque black glass; blown, tooled, applied, assembled. Sulphide consisting of three nesting covered tazzas one inside another. Stands, shallow cylindrical top with black rim atop hollow cylindrical stem flaring to circular foot with applied wavy black edge. a) taller with steeper sides with colorless merese between bowl and stem. c) mid size with black merese between bowl and stem. e) squat with black merese. b) tall dome shape with long spool shape finial stem topped by globular almost annular knob. d) shorter dome and spindle shape finial stem, same knob. f) hemispherical dome with squat spindle stem and same black knob.
Corning Museum of Glass 2004-03-08 through 2004-10-31
Corning Incorporated Gallery 2005-02-11 through 2005-07-30
Contemporary Glass Vessels: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2015) illustrated, p. 28, 170-171 (fig. 46, plate 62); BIB# 149403