Venus and Cupid

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Object Name: 
Cameo Plaque
Venus and Cupid
Accession Number: 
Overall Diam: 46 cm
On Display
about 1908
Web Description: 
The decline of the cameo glass industry may have been due to a failure to keep pace with stylistic changes around the turn of the 20th century. Competing decorative techniques were another factor. One of these techniques, pâte-sur-pâte, was developed in the 1850s at the porcelain factory in Sèvres, France. It consisted of applying relief-like layers of porcelain to the glaze of a dish, and it became particularly fashionable in Art Nouveau porcelain made in Sèvres and Meissen, Germany. With its detailed, classical decoration, the Venus and Cupid plaque seems to be a reaction against the new methods of ornamentation. (see George and Thomas Woodall, 92.2.10, and cameo glass in Stourbridge (89.2.11).
Davis, Cecil, Former Collection
Geo Woodall
incised, script on the rim of the pool, at the right
Primary Description: 
Opaque white, purple lead glass; blown, etched, and cameo-carved. Low, nearly flat, circular form, with slightly curved sides; opaque white overlay on plum-colored back; cameo-carved scene of a seated woman, clad in a diaphanous dress, with one leg drawn up, seated on a lion-footed bench, with a vase standing alongside; two birds, one flying, one preening its wing in front of her, looking toward a putto, holding a bow and arrow with two arrows on the paving below him, standing on the rim of an elaborate two-tiered fountain, which stands in the middle of a water-filled circular pool; a carved lion on a rectangular plinth in the background, and a fence with oval openings; a statue of a nude male at the left, with a large building with four Corinthian columns beyond; trees, a flying bird, and hills and a lake in the background; elaborate floral and scrollwork border; signed (incised, script) "Geo Woodall" on the rim of the pool, at the right.
The Fragile Art: Extraordinary Objects from The Corning Museum of Glass
Park Avenue Armory 2009-01-23 through 2009-02-01
The 55th Annual Winter Antiques Show
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass
Yokohama Museum of Art 1992-10-12 through 1992-12-13
Masterpieces of Glass from The Corning Museum of Glass
National Gallery of Art 1990-12-02 through 1991-04-14
The Art of Glass: Masterpieces from The Corning Museum of Glass
IBM Gallery 1989-12-12 through 1990-02-02
National Gallery of Art 1990-12-09 through 1991-04-14
Decorative and utilitarian works from the Corning Museum of Glass, surveying 35 centuries of glass-making technology and stylistic developments from ancient Egyptian, Roman, Islamic, and Asian cultures to contemporary American and European examples. The works were selected by Corning Museum staff members Dwight P. Lanmon, director and curator of European glass; David B. Whitehouse, curator of ancient and Islamic glass; Jane Shadel Spillman, curator of American glass; and Susanne K. Frantz, curator of 20th-century glass.
The illustrated encyclopedia of glass (2011) illustrated, p. 283; BIB# 128671
55th Annual Winter Antiques Show (2008-12) illustrated, fourth fold;
Mt. Washington and Pairpoint Glass (2005) illustrated, p. 264, Fig. 11-2; BIB# 88066
Layers of Wonder: Majestic and Marvelous Cameo Glass (2003-05) illustrated, inset between pp. 40-41;
The Encyclopedia of Glass (2001) illustrated, Cover; title page, p. 230; BIB# 69319
The Cameo Glass of Thomas and George Woodall (2000) illustrated, p. 73; BIB# 64626
English Cameo Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1994) illustrated, pp. 39, 61, fig. 34; BIB# 35913
The Corning Museum of Glass and the Finger Lakes Region (1993) illustrated, pp. 29-31, #47; BIB# 35681
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass (1992) illustrated, p. 92, #87; BIB# 35679
History of Glass Crafts (1990-07) p. 56;
Masterpieces of Glass: A World History From The Corning Museum of Glass (1990) illustrated, pp. 200-201, pl. 92; BIB# 33819
L'Histoire du Verre: A Travers Les Tresors du Musee de Corning (1990) illustrated, p. 64;
A Short History of Glass (1990 edition) (1990) illustrated, p. 90, #79; BIB# 33211
The Ancient Art of Cameo Glass (1985) illustrated, pp. 34-36, ill. p. 36; BIB# AI14995
Vetri del Settecento e dell'ottocento (1985) p. 29; BIB# 32949
English Glass and the Glass used in England, circa 400-1940 (1984) illustrated, pp. 215-216; pl. 59a; BIB# 22835
Cameo Glass: Masterpieces from 2000 Years of Glassmaking (1982) illustrated, pp. 72, 114, #63; BIB# 30609
The Glass Collector (1982) illustrated, Back Cover;
Appointments 1982 (1981) illustrated, Front cover; p. 26; BIB# 67110
Story of Glass Coloring Book (1981) illustrated, p. 44, lower left; BIB# 67749
A Short History of Glass (1980 edition) (1980) illustrated, pp. 76-77, #75; BIB# 21161
Title Unknown (Antique Glass) (1980) p. 280, pl. C251;
English and Irish Glass (1968) sec. 15, p. 3, fig. 1, right; BIB# 27197
English and Irish Glass (1968) sec. 15, p. 3, fig. 1, right; BIB# 27197
Recent Important Acquisitions, 8 (1966) illustrated, p. 138, #49; BIB# AI97742
Sentimental Cameo-Glass (1965-11-11) illustrated, fig. 1;