Triple Dolphin Hurricane Lamp

Object Name: 
Triple Dolphin Hurricane Lamp

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Object Name: 
Triple Dolphin Hurricane Lamp
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Overall H: 48.5 cm, Diam (max): 18.3 cm
On Display
about 1840-1860
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Purchased with funds from the Gladys M. and Harry A. Snyder Memorial Trust and the Gertrude Christman Melvin Endowment
Web Description: 
This is a lamp with a blown shade and pressed, triple-dolphin base. Dolphins were a very popular decorative motif in the neo-classical period and are found as furniture supports, and in a variety of glass and metal lighting fixtures. The pressed triple dolphin also was sometimes used as a support for compotes. This example, the only one found so far in blue, is fitted with a handsome brass collar with an embossed grape design in relief. The original colorless shade is decorated with a matching cut-grape design. It was made by the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company, in Sandwich, Massachusetts, the only glasshouse known to have produced these bases. Although these are usually referred to as lamps, they are candle fittings with shades. Candlesticks with shades are not common in American glass, because, in the north, windows usually were not open, and therefore the flame didn’t need protection from air currents. The shades were more ornamental than useful.
Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., Source
Primary Description: 
Transparent electric blue and colorless glass; pressed, blown, wheel-engraved, assembled; metal collar, gilding, plaster. Pressed electric blue hexagonal base with three dolphins as the stem with an ornamental metal collar at the top. Tall blown cylindrical flared hurricane sits atop the dolphin base with engraved decoration of foliage overall and a gilded collar at the bottom.
American Glass at Corning (2008-04-01) illustrated, p. 30;
Notes: Corning Museum Makes Major Additions to Glass Collection (2007) illustrated, p. 272, fig. 7;
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2006 (2007) illustrated, p. 12, top left;