Venus and Cupid

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Object Name: 
Cameo Plaque
Title: 
Venus and Cupid
Accession Number: 
65.2.19
Dimensions: 
Overall Diam: 46 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
about 1908
Web Description: 
The decline of the cameo glass industry may have been due to a failure to keep pace with stylistic changes around the turn of the 20th century. Competing decorative techniques were another factor. One of these techniques, pâte-sur-pâte, was developed in the 1850s at the porcelain factory in Sèvres, France. It consisted of applying relief-like layers of porcelain to the glaze of a dish, and it became particularly fashionable in Art Nouveau porcelain made in Sèvres and Meissen, Germany. With its detailed, classical decoration, the Venus and Cupid plaque seems to be a reaction against the new methods of ornamentation. (see George and Thomas Woodall, 92.2.10, and cameo glass in Stourbridge (89.2.11).
Department: 
Provenance: 
Davis, Cecil, Former Collection
1965-11-23
Material: 
Inscription: 
Geo Woodall
Signature
incised, script on the rim of the pool, at the right
Primary Description: 
Opaque white, purple lead glass; blown, etched, and cameo-carved. Low, nearly flat, circular form, with slightly curved sides; opaque white overlay on plum-colored back; cameo-carved scene of a seated woman, clad in a diaphanous dress, with one leg drawn up, seated on a lion-footed bench, with a vase standing alongside; two birds, one flying, one preening its wing in front of her, looking toward a putto, holding a bow and arrow with two arrows on the paving below him, standing on the rim of an elaborate two-tiered fountain, which stands in the middle of a water-filled circular pool; a carved lion on a rectangular plinth in the background, and a fence with oval openings; a statue of a nude male at the left, with a large building with four Corinthian columns beyond; trees, a flying bird, and hills and a lake in the background; elaborate floral and scrollwork border; signed (incised, script) "Geo Woodall" on the rim of the pool, at the right.
The Fragile Art: Extraordinary Objects from The Corning Museum of Glass
Venue(s)
Park Avenue Armory 2009-01-23 through 2009-02-01
The 55th Annual Winter Antiques Show
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass
Venue(s)
Yokohama Museum of Art 1992-10-12 through 1992-12-13
 
The Art of Glass: Masterpieces from The Corning Museum of Glass
Venue(s)
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
Venue(s)
National Gallery of Art 1990-12-02 through 1991-04-14
 
The illustrated encyclopedia of glass (2011) illustrated, p. 283; BIB# 128671
55th Annual Winter Antiques Show (2008-12) illustrated, fourth fold;
Mt. Washington and Pairpoint Glass (2005) illustrated, p. 264, Fig. 11-2; BIB# 88066
Layers of Wonder: Majestic and Marvelous Cameo Glass (2003-05) illustrated, inset between pp. 40-41;
The Encyclopedia of Glass (2001) illustrated, Cover; title page, p. 230; BIB# 69319
The Cameo Glass of Thomas and George Woodall (2000) illustrated, p. 73; BIB# 64626
English Cameo Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1994) illustrated, pp. 39, 61, fig. 34; BIB# 35913
The Corning Museum of Glass and the Finger Lakes Region (1993) illustrated, pp. 29-31, #47; BIB# 35681
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass (1992) illustrated, p. 92, #87; BIB# 35679
History of Glass Crafts (1990-07) p. 56;
L'Histoire du Verre: A Travers Les Tresors du Musee de Corning (1990) illustrated, p. 64;
Masterpieces of Glass: A World History From The Corning Museum of Glass (1990) illustrated, pp. 200-201, pl. 92; BIB# 33819
A Short History of Glass (1990 edition) (1990) illustrated, p. 90, #79; BIB# 33211
The Ancient Art of Cameo Glass (1985) illustrated, pp. 34-36, ill. p. 36;
Vetri del Settecento e dell'ottocento (1985) p. 29; BIB# 32949
English Glass and the Glass used in England, circa 400-1940 (1984) illustrated, pp. 215-216; pl. 59a; BIB# 22835
Cameo Glass: Masterpieces from 2000 Years of Glassmaking (1982) illustrated, pp. 72, 114, #63; BIB# 30609
The Glass Collector (1982) illustrated, Back Cover;
Appointments 1982 (1981) illustrated, Front cover; p. 26; BIB# 67110
Story of Glass Coloring Book (1981) illustrated, p. 44, lower left; BIB# 67749
Title Unknown (Antique Glass) (1980) p. 280, pl. C251;
A Short History of Glass (1980 edition) (1980) illustrated, pp. 76-77, #75; BIB# 21161
English and Irish Glass (1968) sec. 15, p. 3, fig. 1, right; BIB# 27197
English and Irish Glass (1968) sec. 15, p. 3, fig. 1, right; BIB# 27197
Recent Important Acquisitions, 8 (1966) illustrated, p. 138, #49;
Sentimental Cameo-Glass (1965-11-11) illustrated, fig. 1;
Continental Glass, English Glass... (1965-10-25) illustrated, Lot 92, #26A;