Goblet made for Albert Gallatin

Object Name: 
Goblet made for Albert Gallatin

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Object Name: 
Goblet made for Albert Gallatin
Accession Number: 
79.4.329
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 23.5 cm; Rim Diam: 13.3 cm; Foot Diam: 13.4 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
about 1798
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Jerome Strauss
Web Description: 
In 1797, the first glasshouse west of the Alleghenies was built in New Geneva, Pennsylvania. It was financed by Albert Gallatin, who had come to Pennsylvania from Geneva, Switzerland, in 1780. By the time his factory opened, Gallatin owned large properties in the western part of the state and was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He later served as Secretary of the Treasury under President Thomas Jefferson and as minister to France and to Great Britain. The large drinking glass shown here was made at Gallatin’s glasshouse. It contains a silver “achievement” medal from the College of Geneva in Switzerland, from which Gallatin graduated in 1779. The goblet descended in the family of Charles Alexandre Mestrezat, one of Gallatin’s relatives.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Strauss, Jerome, Source
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Material: 
Primary Description: 
Green glass and silver; blown. Bell-shape bowl of greenish bubbly glass attached by a wafer to a solid "capstan shape" stem; attached to a spherical hollow knop enclosing a silver medal; attached to a round domed foot with folded rim; rough pontil mark.
Masterpieces of American Glass
Venue(s)
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
Glass: A Short History (Smithsonian Books edition) (2012) illustrated, p. 90; BIB# 130360
Glass: A Short History (The British Museum edition) (2012) illustrated, p. 90, lower; BIB# 135965
Masterpieces of American Glass (1990) illustrated, pp. 10, 91, pl. 10; BIB# 33046
Antiques and The Arts Weekly (1982-12-03) ill. p. 24;
The Pennsylvania Germans : A Celebration of their Arts, 1683-1850 (1982) pp. 66, 177, ill. pl. 42; BIB# 21999
American Glass in the Jerome Strauss Collection (1980-08) pl. I, p. 273;
American Glass (1948) (1948) pl. 45, #2; BIB# 25297
Another Gallatin Glass (1939-08) pp. 79-80;