Morgan Vase of Peachblow Glass

Object Name: 
Morgan Vase of Peachblow Glass

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Object Name: 
Morgan Vase of Peachblow Glass
Accession Number: 
50.4.328
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 25.5 cm; Body H: 20.3, Diam (max): 7.8 cm; Rim Diam: 3 cm; Base Diam: 4.3 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
1886-1891
Web Description: 
Following London's Great Exhibition of 1851, the Victorian sense of "good taste" emphasized more ornate works. Some glassmakers met this demand by creating dramatic color effects. Several American factories produced Peachblow glass, which had a surface that shaded from opaque cream to pink or red, sometimes over opaque white. This glass was made in imitation of the Morgan Vase, a famous 18th-century Chinese "peachbloom" porcelain vase that sold at auction in 1886 for the astonishing price of $18,000. This sale was widely reported, and glass and pottery manufacturers raced to capitalize on the publicity by producing objects that resembled the Morgan Vase in shape and color. The pressed glass stand on the Morgan Vase in The Corning Museum of Glass was made to resemble the Chinese carved wood stand for the peachbloom vase.
Department: 
Provenance: 
McKearin, George S., Source
1950-07-31
Category: 
Primary Description: 
Morgan Vase of Peachblow Glass. Lead glass, cased, core of white, casing of yellow shading to deep wine-red, outer casing of colorless; free-blown; cylindrical neck flaring slightly at rim, tooled collar-like ribs at base, ovoid body with flat shoulder, and tapering to small base with ground and polished pontil mark. Pressed amber glass holder, circular pedestal with five equidistant "dragons" around sides, heads extending above rim, feet forming table rest.
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
Color Ignited: Glass 1962-2012 (2012) illustrated, p. 145; BIB# 130144
The illustrated encyclopedia of glass (2011) illustrated, p. 198; BIB# 128671
The Morgan Vase (adult) (2011)BIB# 131719
Window, mirror, and prism (2009-01) illustrated, p. 126;
Tesori del Vetro al Corning Museum of Glass (2005-12) illustrated, pp. 25-26; fig. 9;
Mt. Washington and Pairpoint Glass (2005) illustrated, p. 249, Fig. 10-29; BIB# 88066
The Encyclopedia of Glass (2001) illustrated, p. 164; BIB# 69319
Antiquing for Dummies (1999) illustrated, p. 158; BIB# 60410
American Glass [postage stamps] (1998) illustrated BIB# 61141
The Glass Industry in the United States (1995-09) p. 41;
Glassworks (AAF) (1992-06)
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass (1992) illustrated, p. 104, #98; BIB# 35679
Masterpieces of American Glass (1990) illustrated, pp. 46, 94, pl. 73; BIB# 33046
Glass Tableware, Bowls and Vases (1982) illustrated, pl. 345; BIB# 22048
Story of Glass Coloring Book (1981) illustrated, p. 45, back center; BIB# 67749
The Woman's Day Dictionary of American Glass (1961-08) illustrated, p. 31, bottom right; BIB# 98018
Two Hundred Years of American Blown Glass (Doubleday edition) (1950) illustrated, #1, pl. 99; BIB# 25299
American Glass (1948) (1948) illustrated, #5, pl. 215; BIB# 25297