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Overall H: 31.2 cm, W: 23 cm
On Display
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Gift of Juliette K. Rakow in memory of Leonard S. Rakow
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Opaque white, transparent amethyst, lead glass; blown, overlaid, etched, cameo-carved. Flat, rectangular shape, cut to follow the outline of columns and an entablature frame; white overlaid on amethyst, cameo-carved to produce the figure of a standing woman, wearing diaphanous dress, one hand holding a veil, the other her skirt; standing an elaborate pavement, before a staircase descending to a lake; at the left, a tripod brazier on a pedestal decorated with two figures; a ship and buildings in the distance; framed by fluted Ionic columns with masks at the bases, an elaborate entablature above; inscribed "ANDROMACHE" at the bottom of the frame, and "Geo. Woodall" (incised script) on the pavement, at the bottom; reverse polished; printed circular collection label on the reverse, inscribed "COLLECTION OF DR. & MRS. LEONARD S. RAKOW / CG-14."
Rakow Estate, Juliette K. (Mrs. Leonard S.) (d. 1992), Source
Geo. Woodall
J. Paul Getty Museum 2007-10-18 through 2008-01-14
Corning Museum of Glass 2008-02-15 through 2008-05-27
Cameo Glass: Masterpieces from 2000 Years of Glassmaking
Corning Museum of Glass 1982-05-01 through 1982-10-31
Cameo glass, one of the most costly and difficult decorating techniques since first century B.C., is documented and illustrated in this catalog. Included are examples from Rome, Islam, and China, as well as English 19th-century masterpieces by John Northwood and George Woodall among others. For the purposes of this catalog, the term “cameo glass” is used to refer to cased glass objects with two or more differently colored layers. The outer layer is usually an opaque or opalescent white, and the outer layer or layers have been carved in to leave the decoration standing in relief against a body of contrasting color. Shading is produced by thinning down the carved layer; highlights are created where the glass is left thickest. Both this catalog, and the exhibition for which it was created, documents the 2000-year cameo glass tradition.
Reflecting Antiquity: Modern Glass Inspired by Ancient Rome (2008-04) illustrated, p. ?;
Modern Glass Inspired By Ancient Rome (2008-02-22) illustrated, p. 1;
Ecouri ale Romei antice in sticlaria moderna (2008) illustrated, p. 89; BIB# AI97179
The Cameo Glass of Thomas and George Woodall (2000) illustrated, p. 90; BIB# 64626
English Cameo Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1994) illustrated, pp. 51, 62, fig. 47; BIB# 35913
Cameo Glass: Masterpieces from 2000 Years of Glassmaking (1982) illustrated, pp. 77, 115, #70; BIB# 30609