Rummer with Raven's Head Seal

Object Name: 
Rummer with Raven's Head Seal

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Object Name: 
Rummer with Raven's Head Seal
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 18.8 cm, Diam (max): 10.6 cm
On Display
about 1676-1678
Web Description: 
In March 1674, the English glassmaker George Ravenscroft applied for a patent to make colorless lead glass. Unfortunately, this glass was prone to crizzling, a chemical instability that results in an attack by atmospheric moisture, producing a network of cracks in the surface. Ravenscroft revised his formula, adding more and more lead oxide to the batch. By mid-1676, he announced that his improved glasses were to be marked with a seal, a custom known from several glasshouses that made lead glass. His stamp featured a raven's head, taken from his family's coat of arms. Corning's rare Ravenscroft goblet was made with the new lead formula. It is decorated with mold-blown ribbing that is pinched to form a mesh design on the bowl. This pattern is called "nipt-diamond-waies." One of the prunts at the bottom of the stem is stamped with a raven's head.
Steuben Glass, Inc., Source
Ratcliffe, R. F., Former Collection
Primary Description: 
Colorless lead glass; pattern-molded and blown, with applied decoration. Large spherical cupped-in bowl decorated with nipt-diamond waies; applied vermicular or frilled collar at top of hollow, cylindrical, fluted stem with six applied berry prunts and raven's head seal; applied, flaring, conical, ribbed foot with narrow folded rim, rough pontil mark.
Corning Museum of Glass
Changing Exhibitions Gallery
The Art of Glass: Masterpieces from The Corning Museum of Glass
IBM Gallery 1989-12-12 through 1990-02-03
National Gallery of Art 1990-12 through 1991-04
Masterpieces of Glass from The Corning Museum of Glass
National Gallery of Art 1990-12-02 through 1991-04-14
Title Unknown (Museum of Fine Arts, Philadelphia)
Philadelphia Museum of Art 1948-11 through 1948-11
Title Unknown (Rich's)
Rich's Inc. 1948-10 through 1948-10
Title Unknown (Gump's)
Gump, R. B. 1947-04 through 1947-06
Title Unknown (Marshall Field & Co.)
Marshall Field & Co., Chicago 1974-10 through 1974-11
National antiques exposition
Madison Square Garden 1947-03 through 1947-03
Reflections on Glass (2013-11) illustrated, p. 13;
Glass: A Short History (Smithsonian Books edition) (2012) illustrated, p. 83; BIB# 130360
Glass: A Short History (The British Museum edition) (2012) illustrated, p. 83; BIB# 135965
Corning Museum of Glass (2009-01) illustrated, p. 6; BIB# 109342
Glass of the Alchemists: Lead Crystal-Gold Ruby, 1650-1750 (2008) illustrated, p. 170, #20; BIB# 103865
Glass: making use of the secrets of matter (2003) illustrated, p. 37; BIB# 76451
Swarovski: the magic of crystal (1995) p. 44, ill.; BIB# 35771
Seasons Greetings from Sherry-Lehmann (1990/11) illustrated, p. 71; BIB# 90994
History of Glass Crafts (1990-07) p. 53;
Glasskolan 2: Mer elegans an vardagsnytta (1990-02) p. 52;
Masterpieces of Glass: A World History From The Corning Museum of Glass (1990) illustrated, pp. 142-143, pl. 63; BIB# 33819
The Glass Source Book (1990) illustrated, p. 88, #2; BIB# 33844
A Short History of Glass (1990 edition) (1990) illustrated, p 64-65, #54; BIB# 33211
L'Histoire du Verre: A Travers Les Tresors du Musee de Corning (1990) illustrated, p. 62;
Vetri del Settecento e dell'ottocento (1985) illustrated, p. 9; BIB# 32949
English Glass and the Glass used in England, circa 400-1940 (1984) illustrated, p. 120; pl. 24b; BIB# 22835
A Short History of Glass (1980 edition) (1980) illustrated, pp. 57, #52; BIB# 21161
George Ravenscroft: New Light on the Development of His 'Christalline Glasses' (1968) illustrated, pp. 163-164, fig. 4, #B 2;
Glass terminology: a German-English Glossary (1967) illustrated, pl. V (left); BIB# 59459
Glas (1958) illustrated, p. 99, fig. 90;
The Corning Glass Center (1958) illustrated, p. 19 (left); BIB# 26395
Art in Glass (1955) p. 137;
Title Unknown (The Glass Industry) (1944-01)
Title Unknown (Chicago Times) (1943-11-07)
Title Unknown (New York Sun) (1943-11-05)
A Ravenscroft Goblet Comes to America (1943-11)
Title Unknown (Art Digest) (1943-11)
Title Unknown (Art News) (1943-11)
Title Unknown (The Antique Collector) (1943-07/08)
Antique Affairs in England (1943-07-09)
Title Unknown (Apollo) (1943-06)
The Ravenscroft Goblet (1943) illustrated, 2; BIB# 68930
The Ravenscroft Goblet (1943) illustrated, 2; BIB# 68931
English Glass (1st Ed.) (1935) pl. XVI (d); BIB# 27790