Sugar bowl and cover
Boston and Sandwich Glass Company (1826–1888)
Object Place: Sandwich, Massachusetts, United States
13.65 cm (5 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
David and Stacey Goel Gallery (Gallery 239)
Electric blue. Gothic arch pattern of four styles of arches with stars in spandrels fill eight panels of bowl. Raised on molded foot. Cover with corresponding arches tipped by 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.
Gift of Kenneth and Mary Jane Wakefield in memory of Ruth Graves Wakefield