Tumbler with Cut Decoration and Portrait Medallion

Object Name: 
Tumbler with Cut Decoration and Portrait Medallion

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Object Name: 
Tumbler with Cut Decoration and Portrait Medallion
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 8.6 cm, Diam: 7.5 cm
On Display
Credit Line: 
Gift of The Ruth Bryan Strauss Memorial Foundation
Web Description: 
Christian Gobrecht brought the manufacture of the enclosed ceramic portrait to this country from France. He was employed by the Bakewell firm to make the portraits. Samples were presented to Andrew Jackson and Dewitt Clinton, who had just pressed for the construction of the Erie Canal. During that year, Lafayette made his triumphal tour of the United States and visited the Bakewell glasshouse. No record survives to indicate whether he was presented with a tumbler with his portrait.
Strauss Memorial Foundation, Ruth Bryan, Source
Primary Description: 
Colorless lead glass; clay; blown and cut. Cylindrical shape; engraved leaves just below rim and monogram "TE" in script on one side, surrounded by leaves; cut strawberry diamonds and fans around center section; cut vertical panels around lower third of bowl; sulphide of Benjamin Franklin in base, facing right; base ground and polished.
Glass Drinking Vessels from the Strauss Collection
Corning Museum of Glass 1955-06-13 through 1955-10-23
American Glass in the Jerome Strauss Collection (1980-08) p. 273, figs. 2, 2a;