Overall: 5 x 5 x 4 in. ( 12.7 x 12.7 x 10.2 cm )
Blue blown glass cream or milk jug with "lily-pad" decoration; spherical body with tall cylindrical neck with flared and tooled rim pulled out to form spout, second gather of glass tooled up into four peaks, third gather of glass over second gather tooled up into four peaks, applied handle with curled end, and applied disc foot with pincered edges and blow pipe mark on underside.
Most similar jugs are aquamarine or brown and made from bottle or window glass. This rare blue example probably came from a bottle factory. The style of applied decoration, which is called “lily pad” by collectors, was employed only in glasshouses in New Jersey, New York, and New England, although it had some predecessors in continental Europe. Because these objects were made after-hours by the glassblowers, never as production pieces, each of them is unique and therefore highly collectible. It is seldom possible to attribute them to particular glassblowers or even to specific glasshouses. The use of a third gather of glass is extremely rare.
Bequest of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
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