Box in Glass Furnace Form

Object Name: 
Box in Glass Furnace Form

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Object Name: 
Box in Glass Furnace Form
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
87.7.18
Dimensions: 
(a) Box H: 4 cm, W: 3.7 cm, W: 4.2 cm; (b) Bottle H: 2.9 cm; (c) Bottle H: 2.7 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
1675-1725
Credit Line: 
Gift of Arthur A. Houghton, Jr.
Primary Description: 
Colorless non-lead glass, gold, fabric; blown, cut, raised, engraved, enameled, soldered, assembled. (a) Represents glassmaker's furnace; rectangular cross-section with chamfered corners; top hinged of domed shape; octagonal chimney with strap over top, engraved to represent masonry; dome with 4 cowls with masonry and acanthus leaves; band encircles cover below dome, with band of masonry on flat sides below; cover hinged to back of box; pin at front with catch to hold cover; sides of box with masonry and foliage; sides with figures making glass; on front man at glassmaker's chair, one stands blowing on pipe with gather at end, side of oven open above, shows beakers and bottle, narrow ledge below; on left side a figure reaches in opening to withdraw bottle; on reverse a man forms melting pot, figure at right pounds in mortar with opening in furnace beside them holding beakers and bottle with narrow ledge below; last side, man kneels shoving wood in opening at bottom of furnace; opening above contains beaker; the short sides with oval recesses; flat octagonal base with foliate design in center with foliate wreath around edge; box has marks in places: capital "A" in lozenge on side of cover; script "V" in shaped compartment on cover; interior of box fitted with lining with openings for bottles, lined, outlined with cable-gimp, edge outlined; hole at front for funnel; (b,c) glass bottles blown and cut; straight-sided, panel-cut sides; short, necks, ground; polished bases; fitted with domed covers; tops with ribbing around circles, sides waisted; inside straight pin threaded at end; (c) with cork and nut at tip of pin; caps with marks: eagle's head, fleur-de-lis follows outlines, script "V" in shaped panel, and capital "A" in lozenge-shaped compartment; (d) funnel with ovoid top with tiny straight tube extending from center stamped with the same marks as on covers on (b-c). See Notepad Full Desc 1988-01-13 for complete description.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Houghton, Arthur A. Jr., Former Collection
1987-12-04
For Milady's Dressing Table: Scent Bottles & Accessories (2006-06) illustrated, p. 10;
Roman Glass: Reflections on Cultural Change (1999) illustrated, p. 134, Plate E.134; BIB# 72068
Recent Important Acquisitions, 30 (1988) illustrated, p. 104, #8a-8b; BIB# AI20606
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1987 (1988) illustrated, pp. 5-6;
II. A Gold and Enamel Box in the Form of a Glass Furnace (1978) illustrated, pp. 34-44, figs. 1-4, 7-8;
Important Gold Boxes (1970-11-19) illustrated, Lot #43, p. 36;