Punch Bowl

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Object Name: 
Punch Bowl
Accession Number: 
2009.4.64
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 12 cm, Diam (max): 23.6 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
1907-1921
Web Description: 
Kalana, a combination of cutting and acid etching, was introduced by Dorflinger in 1907 in an attempt to produce less expensive but still elaborate glass for the high-end market. It was made in a variety of floral patterns that were influenced by Art Nouveau, an artistic movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries that originated in France and was inspired by nature. Kalana became quite popular, but it was made for a relatively brief period; the company stopped production in 1921. This punch bowl is the largest piece of Kalana glass yet published. It is a stunning combination of cutting and acid etching on a very heavy blank. The Kalana patterns were designed by an Englishman, Charles O. Northwood, who came to work for the Dorflinger firm in 1907. The Museum’s collection contains several other pieces in various Kalana patterns. Their decorations include poppies, lilies, and geraniums. However, the punch bowl is by far the most elaborate example. It is described in the only existing Kalana catalog as shape number 896, “Cut Panels, Hammered and Kalana Poppy,” although the “hammered” decoration was cut, not created with a hammer or similar tool. The other, more standard Kalana pieces in the Corning collection are fairly thin, with only acid-etched decoration. The punch bowl, on the other hand, clearly demonstrates Dorflinger’s expertise in cutting, as well as the fine quality of the glass produced in White Mills. For more on Kalana art glass, see Walter B. Barbe and Kurt A. Reed, The Glass Industry in Wayne County, Pennsylvania, 1807– Present, White Mills, Pennsylvania: Dorflinger-Suydam Press, 2003, pp. 100–101; and John Q. Feller, Dorflinger Kalana Art Glass, Marietta, Ohio: Antique Publications, 1988 (Corning’s punch bowl is illustrated on page 28, figure 19, bottom, left).
Department: 
Pattern Name: 
Kalana Poppy
Provenance: 
Lyon, Kenneth W., Source
2009-07-27
Lyon, Sylvia Applebee (Mrs. Kenneth), Source
2009-07-27
Color: 
Material: 
Inscription: 
444
label
Sticker On underside of foot Small white rectangular sticker with handwritten text in blue pen.
Primary Description: 
Colorless glass; blown, tooled, cut, engraved, acid-etched. Circular bowl that widens from foot to lower-body, then narrows slightly and flares to an undulating rim. Decorated along the rim with a hammered pattern and panel-cut along the body with etched and engraved poppy decoration.
The Corning Museum of Glass: Notable Acquisitions 2009 (2010) illustrated, p. 48, #32; BIB# AI79879
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2009 (2010) illustrated, pp. 6, 12; BIB# AI86944
Recent Acquisitions (2009) illustrated, p. 11 (bottom right); BIB# AI78620