Possibly 1835-1860, probably 1920-1950
Overall: 7 x 3 3/4 in. ( 17.8 x 9.5 cm )
Blue blown glass vase with "lily-pad" decoration; spherical body with tall cylindrical neck flared at rim with folded-over edge, second gather of glass at base tooled up into seven peeks, trailed thread of glass around neck; applied disc foot with pincered edge and blow pipe mark on underside.
Most similar vases 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 thiness of the trailed decoration, the regularity of the tooling of the second gather of glass, and style of crimping suggest that this may be a twentieth-century reproduction.
Bequest of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
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