William E. Gladstone Portrait Medallion

Object Name: 
William E. Gladstone Portrait Medallion

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Object Name: 
William E. Gladstone Portrait Medallion
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
2018.2.5
Dimensions: 
Overall D: .6 cm, Diam (max): 6.1 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
about 1898
1800-1899
Credit Line: 
Gift of James and Becky Summar
Primary Description: 
William E. Gladstone Portrait Medallion. Dark amber and opaque white glasses; cased, acid-etched, cameo-carved. Circular medallion with cameo-carved image of the bust of man facing left. Plaque inscribed, "WILLIAM . E . GLADSTONE".
Department: 
Provenance: 
Summar, Sr., James, Source
2018-09-28
Summar, Becky, Source
2018-09-28
Hitt, Billy, Former Collection
Hitt, Rebecca, Former Collection
Kaplan, Leo (d. 2013), Former Collection
Color: 
Material: 
Inscription: 
WILLIAM . E . GLADSTONE
inscription
Carved on top of medallion following curve of outside edge
THOMAS WEBB & SONS / GEM / CAMEO
signature
Stamped on base
G. Woodall
signature
Scratched on top of medallion following curve of outside edge
Cameo Glass: Masterpieces from 2000 Years of Glassmaking
Venue(s)
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.
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2018 (2019) illustrated, p. 7 (bottom); BIB# 718683
The Cameo Glass of Thomas and George Woodall (2000) illustrated, p. 55; BIB# 64626
Cameo Glass: Masterpieces from 2000 Years of Glassmaking (1982) illustrated, 140 p.; BIB# 30609
English Cameo Glass (1980) illustrated, pp. 53, 61, ill. C319; BIB# 20952