Burmese Kerosene Lamp with Fish

Object Name: 
Burmese Kerosene Lamp with Fish

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Object Name: 
Burmese Kerosene Lamp with Fish
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 48.5 cm
On Display
Credit Line: 
Gift in part of William E. Hammond
Web Description: 
Between 1870 and 1900, several types of glass with newly developed surface textures, shaded colors, and casing were made in America. One of these Art Glasses, which shaded from translucent pink to yellow, was called Burmese because its color was said to remind viewers of a sunset in Burma. In this Burmese lamp, the yellow and pink colors were produced by the use of uranium oxide and gold, respectively. Reheating the glass afforded the pink additional intensity. The firm that probably manufactured the largest amount of Art Glass was the Mt. Washington Glass Company of New Bedford, Massachusetts. It patented Burmese glass in 1885 and continued to make it until about 1895. Mt. Washington also marketed Royal Flemish, which resembled stained glass, and its Albertine, Crown Milano, and Dresden glasses were enameled to look like porcelain.
Hammond, William E., Source
Primary Description: 
Opaque pink, yellow glass; metal; blown. (a) Circular bowl- shaped base mounted on square scrolled brass foot, with brass kerosene burner and shade holder attached at top; glass shades from yellow to pink; satin finished; enameled decoration of brown fish in a gold mesh net. (b) Ovoid glassy pink/yellow glass chimney fits on burner inside shade. (c) Circular shade fits on brass mounting and is similarly decorated. Knobs are marked "MT WASHINGTON GLASS CO.".
Corning Museum of Glass 2011-05-19 through 2011-12-31
Changing Exhibitions Gallery
The Fragile Art: Extraordinary Objects from The Corning Museum of Glass
Park Avenue Armory 2009-01-23 through 2009-02-01
The 55th Annual Winter Antiques Show
Masterpieces of American Glass
Museum of Applied Arts 1990-07-27 through 1990-09-02
State Hermitage Museum 1990-09-15 through 1990-10-21
Museum of the State Institute of Glass 1990-11-02 through 1991-01-04
American Glassmaking: The First Russian Tour
Steuben Glass, Inc. 1990-01-30 through 1990-02-24
Glass: A Short History (Smithsonian Books edition) (2012) illustrated, pp. 100-101; BIB# 130360
Glass: A Short History (The British Museum edition) (2012) illustrated, pp. 100-101; BIB# 135965
The illustrated encyclopedia of glass (2011) illustrated, p. 172; BIB# 128671
Collecting Earlier American Glass (2010-04) illustrated, p. 45; BIB# AI79439
Glassmaking, America's First Industry (2009-01) illustrated, p. 241, Fig. 9; BIB# AI77121
The Collector's Encyclopedia of American Art Glass (2006) illustrated, p. 50; BIB# 94443
Mt. Washington and Pairpoint Glass (2005) illustrated, p. 215, Fig. 9-66; BIB# 88066
The Encyclopedia of Glass (2001) illustrated, p. 146; BIB# 69319
The Corning Museum of Glass, Curators' Choice (1995) illustrated, #17; BIB# 36655
The Collector's Encyclopedia of American Art Glass (1994) illustrated, p. 58;
The Corning Museum of Glass and the Finger Lakes Region (1993) illustrated, p. 29, #43; BIB# 35681
Masterpieces of American Glass (1990) illustrated, pp. 48, 94, pl. 77; BIB# 33046
A Short History of Glass (1990 edition) (1990) illustrated, p. 78, 80; #70; BIB# 33211
Glass Lighting in the Corning Museum (1983-06) illustrated, p. 7, fig. 11 left; BIB# AI10678
Glass Bottles, Lamps & Other Objects (1983) pl. 338; BIB# 22375
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1979 (1980) illustrated, pp. 6-7, second from left, bottom; BIB# AI97143
Title Unknown (Sotheby's Auction Catalog) (1979-06-19) #325;