Basin with Raven's Head Seal

Object Name: 
Basin with Raven's Head Seal

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Object Name: 
Basin with Raven's Head Seal
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
2008.2.12
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 10.2 cm, Diam (max): 27.9 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
about 1676
Credit Line: 
Purchased in part with funds from Polly and John Guth
Web Description: 
This spittoon-like vessel was made in London at the Savoy glasshouse of George Ravenscroft between 1676 and 1679. The object is decorated with 16 evenly spaced ribs. A glass bit, stamped with a raven’s head, identifies the spittoon as a product of Ravenscroft’s factory. Ravenscroft glasses with this telltale stamp are extremely rare. We acquired the object from an unexpected source: a London salesroom, where it was misidentified as Indian and of the 18th century.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Sotheby's, Source
2008-10-09
Category: 
Color: 
Material: 
Primary Description: 
Colorless glass; mold-blown, applied seal. Vertical ribs cover both the squat globular lower section and the wide flaring upper section. Incompletely applied seal on the lower wall bearing the stamped image of a raven's head, pontil mark in center of base.
A Basin Attributed to George Ravenscroft (2013) illustrated, pp. 101-106, Fig. 1 and 2;
Piss-Pots, basins & spittoons (2012-03) illustrated, p. 27, fig. 1, 2; BIB# AI87190
A Spittoon Born in England (2009-02-27) p. 29;
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2008 (2009) illustrated, p. 3;