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Vase (USA), 1883–88

This is a vase. It was manufactured by New England Glass Company. It is dated 1883–88 and we acquired it in 2010. Its medium is blown amberina glass. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

The New England Glass Company made a large variety of glassware, from pocket bottles and tumblers to art glass, using a range of techniques including molding, mechanical pressing, cutting, and engraving. It produced some of the finest blown glass in the United States, competitive with European examples. The glass had a high lead content, simple outlines, and was carefully finished. The firm was also famous for its rich colors, especially ruby red and the amberina range, a blended colored glass in which the lower part, a yellowish amber, merges into a ruby-red color higher up, as exemplified in this vase. An example of American technological innovation, the amberina technique was patented by the New England Glass Company in 1883. The base metal was an amber glass containing some gold, and the tinges were developed by applied reheating. The glass was sometimes blown in molds, although this example appears to be hand-blown.
This vase is in excellent condition and would make a superb addition to the museum’s collection of innovative American glassware.

This object was donated by Paul F. Walter. It is credited Gift of Paul F. Walter.

  • Vase Vase
  • mold-blown favrile glass.
  • Bequest of Joseph L. Morris.
  • 1966-55-29
  • Ambassador Vase, 1926
  • mouth-blown crystal ("muslin glass").
  • Museum purchase through gift of Georgiana L. McClellan.
  • 1958-98-9

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  • silver.
  • Gift of Denis Gallion and Daniel Morris.
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Its dimensions are

H x diam.: 39.5 x 15 cm (15 9/16 x 5 7/8 in.)

Cite this object as

Vase (USA), 1883–88; Manufactured by New England Glass Company (United States); blown amberina glass; H x diam.: 39.5 x 15 cm (15 9/16 x 5 7/8 in.); Gift of Paul F. Walter; 2010-6-3

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color and Making Design.

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