Jardiniere with Gilded Bronze Mounts

Object Name: 
Jardiniere with Gilded Bronze Mounts

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Object Name: 
Jardiniere with Gilded Bronze Mounts
Accession Number: 
2011.3.93
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 27.2 cm, W: 32.4 cm, D: about 20.8 cm
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
about 1890
Web Description: 
This jardiniere is made of opaque white glass with wavy brown lines in imitation of veined marble. Although no quarried marble could have been carved so thinly into a stable and functional vessel, the ongoing fashion for bronze-mounted semiprecious stones inspired the glasshouse of Johann Loetz Witwe (1836–1947) to create this piece. Decorative glass and floral mounts were used in residential interiors and were created for a rising middle class that desired to emulate the grand style of 18th-century aristocratic homes. Nineteenth-century Bohemian glasshouses became world famous for perfecting 17th- and 18th-century techniques and for adopting stylistic influences and decorative qualities known from foreign glassware, as well as from porcelain and hard-stone objects. This large jardiniere beautifully exemplifies the opulent taste, luxurious materials, and imitative qualities of the Belle Epoque period. The glasshouse of Loetz Witwe was at its most inventive around the turn of the 20th century. It absorbed such international fashions as decoration with sumptuous gilt bronze mounts, which had persisted since the revival of the 18th-century Rococo style, and it pioneered forms that contributed to the new Art Nouveau style.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Fischer, Jurgen, Source
2011-04-14
Primary Description: 
Onyx glass (opaque white with slight blue tint and wavy brown lines) and gilded bronze; blown, hot-worked, gilded, assembled. Ovoid onxy glass dish with bulge in midsection set in elaborate gilded bronze mounts. Mounts include four-footed base, rim mount with two scroll handles, each with butterfly on top, and floral garland draping over sides of dish.
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2011 (2012) p. 7;
The Corning Museum of Glass: Notable Acquisitions 2011 (2012) illustrated, p. 39; BIB# AI87745
Notes: Corning Museum Makes Major Additions to Glass, Library Collections (2012) illustrated, p. 280, no. 28; BIB# AI92535
Recent Acquisitions: European Glass (2011) illustrated, p. 14, right; BIB# AI86936
Europaisches Glas & Studioglas. Teil 1 (2011) illustrated, p. 166, #506; BIB# 121415