Cut Glass Table

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Object Name: 
Cut Glass Table
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 79 cm, W (max): 92 cm
On Display
about 1808
Credit Line: 
Purchased with funds from the Museum Endowment Fund
Web Description: 
Glass-encrusted furniture was popular during the last half of the 18th century. In the 19th century, some furniture was made almost entirely of large pieces of glass. The Imperial Glassworks in St. Petersburg, Russia, created tables, stands, urns, and chandeliers for palaces. This cut glass table, designed by Thomas de Tomon, was made at the Imperial factory about 1808. It was probably a present from Czar Alexander I to his mother or sister. The table consists of a single slab of blue glass cut in the shape of an octagon, resting on a single piece of amber-colored glass decorated with spiral cutting. The square base of amber glass is so dark that it appears black. These components are held together and embellished by elements of gilded bronze. A ewer and a basin of blue and colorless glass, wheel-cut with diamonds and mounted in ormolu, were made to accompany the table originally.
Hagenauer, J. P., Source
Pavlovsk Palace, Former Collection
Feodorovna, Maria, Former Collection
Primary Description: 
Transparent amber, dark blue non-lead glasses, bronze and ormolu, iron, wood; blown, cast and cut. Octagonal top supported by 8 arched bronze leaves and a flared cylindrical glass pedestal; square glass base supported by four ormolu lion-paw feet.
Corning Museum of Glass 2006-05-19 through 2006-11-30
Changing Exhibitions Gallery
The Art of Glass: Masterpieces from The Corning Museum of Glass
IBM Gallery 1989-12-12 through 1990-02-02
National Gallery of Art 1990-12-09 through 1991-04-14
Decorative and utilitarian works from the Corning Museum of Glass, surveying 35 centuries of glass-making technology and stylistic developments from ancient Egyptian, Roman, Islamic, and Asian cultures to contemporary American and European examples. The works were selected by Corning Museum staff members Dwight P. Lanmon, director and curator of European glass; David B. Whitehouse, curator of ancient and Islamic glass; Jane Shadel Spillman, curator of American glass; and Susanne K. Frantz, curator of 20th-century glass.
Donor Profile: Dwight and Lorri Lanmon (2019) illustrated, p. 25; BIB# 716258
Optical Play: glass, vision and spectacle in Russian culture (2014) illustrated, p. 99;
Escort Guide to the Galleries (2013) illustrated, p. 20, bottom; BIB# 134015
Escort Guide to the Galleries [V4/2013] (2013) illustrated, p. 20, bottom; BIB# 134856
5000 years of glass (2012) illustrated, p. 189, #244; BIB# 133950
The illustrated encyclopedia of glass (2011) illustrated, p. 230; BIB# 128671
Cut Glass Table (adult) (2011)BIB# 131683
Window, mirror, and prism (2009-01) illustrated, p. 127; BIB# AI77118
Mobilier din sticla (2006-10) illustrated, p.86; BIB# AI97184
European Glass Furnishings for Eastern Palaces (2006) illustrated, pp. 11-12, fig. 1-4; BIB# 92506
Tesori del Vetro al Corning Museum of Glass (2005-12) illustrated, pp. 22, 24, fig. 7; BIB# AI67739
The Ultimate Luxury (2005) illustrated, pp. 142-145, esp. p. 142;
Five Thousand Years of Glass (Rev ed.) (2004) illustrated, p. 190, #244; BIB# 98761
Chemical Analyses of Early Glasses (Volume 1) (1999) pp. 137, 250; BIB# 61154
Five Thousand Years of Glass (British Museum Press, Revised) (1999) illustrated, p. 190, #244; BIB# 65713
Five Thousand Years of Glass (Paperback) (1995) illustrated, p. 190, #244; BIB# 27096
Five Thousand Years of Glass (British Museum Press) (1991) illustrated, p. 190, #244; BIB# 34319
Cinquemila anni di vetro (1991) illustrated, p. 190, #244; BIB# 35145
Glass, 5000 Years (1991) illustrated, p. 190, #244; BIB# 33963
History of Glass Crafts (1990-07) p. 54;
Glasskolan 4: Glas at Folket (1990-04) p. 54;
The Art of Glass: Masterpieces from the Corning Museum of Glass (1990-01-19) illustrated, pp. 24 (center right), 62; BIB# AI23824
The Art of Glass: Masterpieces from the Corning Museum (1990-01) illustrated, p. 24 (bottom right); BIB# AI24626
Masterpieces of Glass and American Decorative Arts in New York City (1990-01) illustrated, p. 20, 22, ill.;
A Short History of Glass (1990 edition) (1990) illustrated, p. 84, #73; BIB# 33211
Masterpieces of Glass: A World History From The Corning Museum of Glass (1990) illustrated, pp. 178-179, pl. 81; BIB# 33819
The Russian Love Affair with Glass (1988-08) illustrated, p. 260;
Russian Furniture : The Golden Age, 1780-1840 (1988) illustrated, p. 164-165, ill. p. 165; BIB# 24658
Vetri del Settecento e dell'ottocento (1985) illustrated, p. 50; BIB# 32949
Appointments 1982 (1981) illustrated, p. 20; BIB# 67110
Story of Glass Coloring Book (1981) illustrated, p. 39; BIB# 67749
A Short History of Glass (1980 edition) (1980) illustrated, p. 72, #71; BIB# 21161
Recent Important Acquisitions, 16 (1974) illustrated, cover, frontispiece; BIB# AI91024