The Daphne Ewer

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Object Name: 
The Daphne Ewer
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 22.2 cm; Shoulder Diam: 9.5 cm
On Display
Web Description: 
These gilded and painted figures depict the story of the nymph Daphne. As she fled from the amorous god Apollo, Daphne was turned into a sweet bay tree. (The ancient Greek name for this tree is daphne.)
Paget, E. L. (Australian), Former Collection
Terletzky, Dr., Former Collection
Surutschan, I. K., Former Collection
Mavrogordato, Pierre (Greek, b. Russia, 1870-1948), Former Collection
Morgan, J. Pierpont (American, 1937-1913), Former Collection
Smith, Ray Winfield (American, 1897-1982), Source
Hochmann, Dr., Former Collection
Primary Description: 
The Daphne Ewer. Translucent and opaque white glass; free-blown, cold-painted and gilded. Ovoid body with ring base of same gather, slightly concave at center, cylindrical neck flaring to wide rim; angled broad strap handle with thumb piece, dormed by pinching handle applied to rim and shoulder. Decoration: on the body a frieze with the representation of Apollo and Daphne, framed at bottom and shoulder by two bands, each with dark red rings enclosing narrower grey rings and a golden band at center, the latter decorated with a row of touching volutes in grey. The upper band also frames, together with a third at bottom of neck, a second narrow frieze, bearing in Greek golden letters with grey contours the inscription: "H-XAPIC", the letters alternating with red quatrefoils and between C and H there is a wheel-like rosette framed by 2 grey volute-like motifs; on the base a red rosette, enclosing a concentric ring of grey dots and framed by another similar one. The scene around the body shows Apollo (Phoebus in Greek letters) running to the right in peruse of Daphne who is being transformed to a tree as Apollo is trying to touch her; on the right is Ladon, her father, sitting on a rock; between him and Apollo is a flying Eros (Pathos in Greek letters) following the latter. The figures are in gold with gray contours, in-between are rosettes with grey laurel branches.
Past | Present: Expanding the Stories of Glass
Corning Museum of Glass 2022-05-15 through 2023-01-08
Past | Present: Expanding the Stories of Glass is an exhibition of glass objects with rich stories presented in ways that allow visitors to share their perspectives on what they are seeing as they tour the exhibition. The exhibition explores how objects can reveal stories about people across time and place, providing connections to the past, meaning in the present, and even ways to consider the future. More than 10 distinct vignettes will investigate how the Museum can broaden voices and narrative in our galleries. Generally, labels that accompany objects in museum galleries are written by museum curators and educators—and often focus on just one of an almost infinite number of possible stories and meanings. In this exhibition, objects—either alone or as a group—and their stories provide an entry point for further conversation.  Exhibition visitors will be introduced to the idea that the stories objects tell are always evolving. In fact, it is happening around them in the exhibition space. Visitors will be able to share their thoughts and add their ideas to the exhibition.
Glass of the Caesars
British Museum 1987-11-18 through 1988-03-06
Romisch-Germanisches Museum 1988-04-15 through 1988-10-18
Musei Capitolini 1988-11-03 through 1989-01-31
Corning Museum of Glass
Glass from the Ancient World
Corning Museum of Glass 1957-06-04 through 1957-09-15
Ancient Art in American Private Collections
Fogg Art Museum 1954
Verres Antiques de la Collection R.W. Smith
Musee de Mariemont 1954 through 1954
Ancient and Islamic Glass: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2019) illustrated, pp. 70-71;
Annales du ... Congrès de l'Association internationale pour l'histoire du verre (2018) illustrated, p. 660, fig. 3;
Enamelling and Gilding on Glass (2013) illustrated, pp. 51-53, 92; BIB# 142116
Glass: A Short History (Smithsonian Books edition) (2012) illustrated, p. 40; BIB# 130360
Glass: A Short History (The British Museum edition) (2012) illustrated, p. 40; BIB# 135965
Chemical Analyses of Early Glasses (Volume 3) (2012) pp. 407, 682; BIB# 61154
Fire and Ice: Ancient Glass in the Princeton University Art Museum (2012) illustrated, p. 34, fig. 68;
Molten Color: Glassmaking in Antiquity (2011) illustrated, p. 72, fig. 48; pp. 63-64; BIB# 121973
Richard La Londe and Friends (2009) illustrated, p. 26; BIB# 112312
Historie du Verre: L'Antiquite (2005) illustrated, p. 101; BIB# 76552
Looking at Glass: A Guide to Terms, Styles and Techniques (2005) illustrated, p. 41; BIB# 99164
Antikes Glas (Handbuch der Archaologie) (2004) illustrated, p. 437, 445, 535, 544, 545 (Taf. 360); BIB# 83444
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, Volume Two (2001) pp. 266-270, pl. 864; BIB# 58895
Beauty of Glass (2000) illustrated, p. 62; BIB# 77736
Chemical Analyses of Early Glasses (Volume 1) (1999) pp. 80, 249; BIB# 61154
Untersuchungen zu den Glasern un Gipsabgussen aus dem Fund von Begram/Afghanistan (1998) illustrated, pl. 4, no. 3; pp. 24-25; BIB# 57685
Enciclopedia Dell'Arte Antica, classica e orientale (1997) illustrated, p. 1024, fig. 1299, left;
Glass, Gold, and Gold-Glasses (1996) illustrated, pp. 6-7, fig. 4; BIB# AI1414
Domestic and Divine: Roman Mosaics in the House of Dionysos (1994) illustrated, pp. 163, 165 (fig. 103); pp. 170-171 (fig. 107-108); p. 173; BIB# 35773
The Corning Museum of Glass and the Finger Lakes Region (1993) illustrated, p. 10, #18; BIB# 35681
Corning Museum of Glass. Newsletter (Summer'93) (1993) illustrated, p. 3;
A Short History of Glass (1990 edition) (1990) illustrated, p. 28; p. 30, #20; BIB# 33211
Masterpieces of Glass: A World History From The Corning Museum of Glass (1990) illustrated, pp. 46-47, pl. 15; BIB# 33819
Conservation of Glass (1989) p. 86, fig. 3.23; BIB# 24726
Glass Of The Roman Empire (1988) illustrated, pp. 52-53, fig. 22; pp. 8-9; BIB# 32608
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (postcards) (1987) illustrated, #22; BIB# 34348
Glass of the Caesars (1987) illustrated, pp. 272-271, #150; BIB# 31831
Our Latin Heritage, Book 1 (1981) ill. C-6; BIB# 21805
Appointments 1982 (1981) illustrated, Front cover; p. 10; BIB# 67110
Story of Glass Coloring Book (1981) illustrated, p. 7; BIB# 67749
A Short History of Glass (1980 edition) (1980) illustrated, p. 28, #20; BIB# 21161
Glass (1966) illustrated, frontispiece; BIB# 119578
History Revealed in Ancient Glass (1964-09) illustrated, p. 352; BIB# AI46886
Glass from the Ancient World: The Ray Winfield Smith Collection (1957) illustrated, pp. 165-166, #342; BIB# 27315
A Masterpiece of Late Roman Glass Painting (1956) esp. p. 15;
A History of Technology (1956) pl. 27 a; BIB# 20319
A Masterpiece of Late Roman Glass Painting (1956) esp. p. 15;
Title Unknown (London News) (1955-04-09) p. 653, fig. 12;
Verrerie Antique (1954-09) illustrated, p. 14-15; BIB# AI1120
Catalogue des Verres Antiques de la Collection Ray Winfield Smith (1954) illustrated, p. 27, #123, col. pl. IV-V; BIB# 28196
A Glass Bowl with the "Judgment of Paris" (1953-06) esp pp. 87, 184; BIB# AI47081
Sur quelques verreries de Bégram (1952) p. 15; BIB# 80250
Das Maerchen von einem Glase aus Antiochia (1951-08-26)
Ein bisher verkanntes romisches Goldglass mit christl. Wuderscenen in der roem. Abteilung des Wallraf-Richartz-Museums zu Koln (1930) pp. 282-304, esp. p. 298, # 32, B.1;
Die Typen der Daphnedarstellungen (1929) illustrated, pp. 62-63, pl. 12-13; BIB# 80253
Jahrbuch des Deutschen Archaologischen Instituts (1926) XLI, p. 81;
Late Hellenistic Painted Glass Vases and the History of Decorative Painting (1914) pp. 1-26, esp p. 13, pl. 5, 24.3, 3P;
Fund eines altchristlichen Glases in Koln (1908) esp. col. 73, fig. 1-2; BIB# AI46207