Tumbler with Portrait of General Lafayette

Object Name: 
Tumbler with Portrait of General Lafayette

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Object Name: 
Tumbler with Portrait of General Lafayette
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Overall H: 8.4 cm; Rim Diam: 4.9 cm
On Display
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.
McKearin Antiques, Source
Primary Description: 
Tumbler with Portrait of General Lafayette. Clear glass; wear marks; free blown and cut, with an encased white cameo incrustation; cylindrical body; a frieze of diamonds and fans above the paneled lower body; in the base a portrait bust of General Lafayette ("sulphide").