Covered Potpourri Jar

Object Name: 
Covered Potpourri Jar

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Object Name: 
Covered Potpourri Jar
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 20.4 cm; (a) Jar H: 18.5 cm, Diam (max): 18.6 cm
On Display
about 1926
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Douglas Sinclaire
Web Description: 
H. P. Sinclaire Jr. was the owner of another glass cutting firm in Corning. He got his start as bookkeeper for Thomas Hawkes, who taught him every facet of the business. Sinclaire did not share Hawkes’ enthusiasm for richly cut glass, and so he was encouraged to develop his interest in engraving. When Sinclaire later established his own company, he became known at once as the city’s engraving specialist. Among its most famous customers were the king of Bavaria, who desired a set of elaborately engraved goblets made from exceptionally thin blanks, and President Warren G. Harding, who purchased two table services for use in his private home in Marion, Ohio. This covered potpourri jar, which Sinclaire designed for his stepmother in 1926, displays engraving that represents the best work done at his firm. The shape of this object is reminiscent of a Chinese “ginger” jar.
Sinclaire, Mrs. Douglas, Source
Sinclaire, Mrs. H. P., Sr., Former Collection
Acid stamped base in a wreath
Primary Description: 
Covered Potpourri Jar. Colorless, green lead glass; blown, cased, and engraved. (a) Bulbous shape, blown of colorless glass, cased with green and engraved through the green in an elaborate pattern of roses, lines, and shells. Flat circular base is ground and polished. (b) Cylindrical cover engraved in matching pattern, fits over neck.
Corning Museum of Glass 2002-03-21 through 2002-09-23
Masterpieces of American Glass
Museum of Applied Arts 1990-07-27 through 1990-09-02
State Hermitage Museum 1990-09-15 through 1990-10-21
Museum of the State Institute of Glass 1990-11-02 through 1991-01-04
The Cut and Engraved Glass of Corning, 1868-1940
Corning Museum of Glass 1977-04 through 1977-10
Toledo Museum of Art 1977-11 through 1978-02
H. P. Sinclaire & Co. Cut and Engraved Glass
Corning Museum of Glass 1972-10 through 1972-12
Five Thousand Years of Glass (Rev ed.) (2004) illustrated, pp. 196-197, #249; BIB# 98761
Five Thousand Years of Glass (British Museum Press, Revised) (1999) illustrated, pp. 196-197, #249; BIB# 65713
Five Thousand Years of Glass (Paperback) (1995) illustrated, pp. 196-197, #249; BIB# 27096
Glass, 5000 Years (1991) pp. 196-197, #249; BIB# 33963
Five Thousand Years of Glass (British Museum Press) (1991) illustrated, pp. 196-197, #249; BIB# 34319
Cinquemila anni di vetro (1991) illustrated, pp. 196-197, #249; BIB# 35145
Masterpieces of American Glass (1990) illustrated, pp. 45, 94, pl. 71; BIB# 33046
Corning Museum of Glass. Newsletter (Spring'85) (1985) p. 3, ill.;
Recent Important Acquisitions, 27 (1985) illustrated, p. 106-107, #34; BIB# AI15253
The Cut and Engraved Glass of Corning 1868-1940 (1977) illustrated, p. 92, cat. #80; BIB# 28368
H. P. Sinclaire, Jr., Glassmaker, v. 2 (1975) cover, pp. 13, viii; BIB# 27646