Vase in "Acanthus Leaf" Pattern

Object Name: 
Vase in "Acanthus Leaf" Pattern

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Object Name: 
Vase in "Acanthus Leaf" Pattern
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 25.3 cm, W: 13.2 cm; Base Diam: 11.2 cm
On Display
about 1835-1845
Credit Line: 
Purchased with funds from the Martha J. Herpst Estate
Web Description: 
This pressed glass vase is a rarity as only a few vessels of this shape are known, and most of those are colorless. It was made in an unusual manner, combining pressing and tooling. The top was originally pressed in a mold for a compote and then was tooled into four sections, one in the center and three around it. It was then attached to the base with a wafer. The vase was probably intended for flowers, rather than for celery, which was a common use for glass vases of similar shape at the time. The time and skill required to tool the vase probably made it more expensive to make than the simple vases with pressed tops and bases, and that may be why they are quite rare. The leaf pattern on the top and the base match, but the pattern on the top is on the outer surface while on the base, it is on the inner surface. The same base design, with the pattern on the inner surface, may be found on compotes in an elaborate lacy pattern. Such compotes can be found in colorless, canary and amethyst glass. They are thought to have been made in Sandwich, since vessel fragments in this pattern have been found there. On that basis, this vase is attributed to Sandwich as well. Because all of the vases like this were pressed into the same mold and only this pattern was tooled into this shape, it is likely that one team of workmen made them all. The Corning Museum of Glass has a colorless example of the same shape (2011.4.177) which was a gift from Dorothy-Lee Jones.
Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., Source
Williams, Elizabeth, Former Collection
Shaw, Albert (d. 1952), Former Collection
Shaw, Florence, Former Collection
New Bedford Museum of Glass, Former Collection
FRG 19854D
Affixed on base rectangular white paper label
Primary Description: 
"Acanthus Leaf" Vase. Transparent canary yellow glass; pressed in two parts, hot-worked, joined with a wafer. Vase with four openings with scalloped rims; conical base with seven-lobed edge. Feather-like leaf motif overall.
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2012 (2013) illustrated, pp. 8, 47; BIB# AI94590
The Corning Museum of Glass: Notable Acquisitions 2012 (2013) illustrated, p. 20, #11; BIB# AI95675
Notes: Corning Museum Makes Significant Acqusitions in 2012 (2013) illustrated, p. 253, #10; BIB# AI98180