Sugar bowl and cover

about 1830–50
Boston and Sandwich Glass Company (1826–1888)


Object Place: Sandwich, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

13.97 x 13.97 x 13.97 cm (5 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

1979.716a-b

Medium or Technique

Pressed glass

On View

David and Stacey Goel Gallery (Gallery 239)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Glass

Amethyst colored glass with a gothic arch pattern. Bowl sits on circular foot and short pedestal. Body has flaring sides composed of eight panels of Gothic arches decorated with stippling, molding, diapering, or reeding. Similarly decorated octagonal lid is domed and topped by a hexagonal finial.


With their pointed-arch patterns and shaped edges, these glass tablewares reflect the popular craze for all things Gothic about 1825-1850. Pressed glass-in which molten glass was forced into a mold with a mechanical plunger-allowed intricate detail to be rendered in a variety of stylish patterns and colors. Unlike labor-intensive cut crystal, pressed glass could be made quickly, less expensively, and in large quantities.

Credit Line

Gift of Kenneth and Mary Jane Wakefield in memory of Ruth Graves Wakefield