Merovingian Glass Bell Beaker
This is a yellowish-green glass beaker, bell-shaped with slight carination near the base. The sides are pattern-molded showing faint vertical ribs from top to bottom. The base is rounded off. It has been restored.
D: 6th Century
H: 9.5 cm
Ref: Wolf Collection #198, Corning Vol 2 #614, Attila to Charlemagne p. 272 #22.7
Corning Museum of Glass New Contemporary Art + Design Wing
Designed by architect Thomas Phifer and Partners, the 100,000-square-foot Contemporary Art + Design Wing includes a new 26,000-square-foot contemporary art gallery building, the largest space anywhere dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art in glass. Adjacent to this new gallery is a renovated historic glass factory ventilator building that contains one of the world’s largest facilities for glassblowing demonstrations and live glass design sessions, with 500 seats.
The new wing links three generations of glass architecture spanning 60 years. The ten-acre campus currently features a collection of buildings designed by Harrison & Abramowitz (1951), Gunnar Birkerts (1980), Smith-Miller + Hawkinson (2001), and Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (2001).
The $64 million project—fully funded before groundbreaking by major benefactor Corning Incorporated—opened to the public on March 20, 2015. http://www.cmog.org/expansion
English Glass Bottle with Raspberry Prunts
This is a colorless gourd-shape flask decorated with gadrooning on the bottom and a raspberry prunt centered on each side.
H: 11.2 cm
Venetian Cristallo Glass Wine
This wine is made of a Cristallo glass. It has a trumpet-shape bowl with a broad mouth resting on a collar with a thin hollow baluster stem and flat circular foot. Cristallo is a type of soda glass developed in Venice before the 15th century. It was made almost colourless, pale-yellow to smoky gray, so it would resemble Rock-Crystal which is natural quartz or pure silica.
Ref: Golden Age #55, Christie’s March 28, 2000 # 136-139
The common name for a drinking glass in this style is maigeline, which is mainly from Germany. Other examples in our collection 23E & 49E are closer to the true maigeline shape. This wrythen beaker has patterned ribbing covering the sides and continuing down into the foot. The most common style of maigeline has no foot unlike this piece. The underside of the base has a small kick.
H: 8 cm
D: 15th Century
Ref: Phonix, P. 310 # 363, Amendt Collection P. 130, Henkes #15.2
This is a Facon de Venise glass goblet in clear cristallo. The clear conical bowl sets on a wrythen stem outlined with pincered trails in contrasting blue glass, with a plain conical foot.
Mid 17th Century
Crystal Glass Small Spirit Carafe
This is an Arts & Crafts small spirit carafe. It is made of fine leaded glass in a clean and pleasing shape. The carafe was made by Powell & Sons (Whitefriars) Ltd in, England. In 1834 James Powell (1774–1840), purchased the Whitefriars Glass Company, a small glassworks off Fleet Street in London, believed to have been established in 1680. The company, mainly known for manufacturing stained glass windows, provided glass to other stained glass firms and a wide range of other handmade glassware. The Whitefriars Co. closed in 1980.
H: 5 ¼ inches
Roman Two-Handled Bottle with Trailing
Pale yellow-green glass was used to create this two-handled bottle. The un-marvered threads wound around the body demonstrate a common decoration used by First Century glass makers. The slightly out-turned mouth and pad foot combine to enhance the pleasing proportions of this bottle. The shape and decoration of this example are typical of pieces made during this period.
H: 13 cm
Ref: Oppenlander #644, Paris Sale #157
Roman Zig-Zag Jar
This is a Roman jar with zig-zag trailing between the top of the rim to the shoulder of the body. It was probably made in Egypt.
Third-Fourth Century A.D.
H: 7 cm
This is a large salt in a beautiful blue color. The mold has been attributed to the Lancaster Co and made by Glass Works, Ltd. located in east Buffalo, NY. It is also possible that its origin is England where similar types can be found.
H: 2 ½ inches