In the late 19th century, the largest tableware companies were producing ornamental glasses in a variety of colors and decorations, and some of them were very similar in appearance. But from the mid-1880s through the 1890s, Art Glass was extremely popular. It then fell out of fashion, almost as quickly as it had risen to prominence. Although this bowl may have been used for floral arrangements, it was probably intended more for ornamental display. Most pieces of Art Glass were more decorative than utilitarian. The Mt. Washington Glass Company and several other glasshouses produced their own versions of peachblow glass, and all of them are a bit different in color. Mt. Washington’s Peach Blow is an opaque glass in one heat-sensitive layer that shades from pink to white. It does not closely resemble the Chinese porcelain for which it is named, but it was popular for a time. The New England Glass Company made a similar, but whiter, color of this glass, and it also marketed a glass called Plated Amberina, which resembled the output of Hobbs, Brockunier & Co. both in color and in the use of two layers of glass. The New England Glass Company closed in 1888, and Hobbs, Brockunier & Co. halted production in 1893, so neither of the two glasses was made for very long. Mt. Washington re¬mained in business for a much longer period, but it stopped making Art Glass in the mid-1890s. For more information on Mt. Washington’s Peach Blow glass, see Kenneth M. Wilson, Mt. Washington and Pairpoint Glass, v. 1, Woodbridge, U.K.: Antique Collectors’ Club, 2005, pp. 234– 246.