Goblet made for Albert Gallatin

Object Name: 
Goblet made for Albert Gallatin

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Object Name: 
Goblet made for Albert Gallatin
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 23.3 cm; Rim Diam: 23.3 cm; Foot Diam: 13.35 cm
On Display
about 1798
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Jerome Strauss
Web Description: 
In 1797, the first glasshouse west of the Alleghenies was built in New Geneva, Pennsylvania. It was financed by Albert Gallatin, who had come to Pennsylvania from Geneva, Switzerland, in 1780. By the time his factory opened, Gallatin owned large properties in the western part of the state and was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He later served as Secretary of the Treasury under President Thomas Jefferson and as minister to France and to Great Britain. The large drinking glass shown here was made at Gallatin’s glasshouse. It contains a silver “achievement” medal from the College of Geneva in Switzerland, from which Gallatin graduated in 1779. The goblet descended in the family of Charles Alexandre Mestrezat, one of Gallatin’s relatives.
Strauss, Jerome, Source
Primary Description: 
Green glass and silver; blown. Bell-shape bowl of greenish bubbly glass attached by a wafer to a solid "capstan shape" stem; attached to a spherical hollow knop enclosing a silver medal; attached to a round domed foot with folded rim; rough pontil mark.
Women of the Early Republic: Dolley Madison and The Constitution on the Ground
New York Historical Society 2017-03-03 through 2017-07-30
The New York Historical Society is establishing a Center for the Study of Women's History, to open in March 2017. On view from March 3, 2017 to July 30, 2017, the inaugural exhibition, "Women of the Early Republic: Dolley Madison and The Constitution on the Ground", will tell the story of the women in the early republic with a particular focus on Dolley Madison, her brand of female political empowerment, and her unique legacy of consensus-building during the nation's formative years. Drawing on the collection of the New-York Historical Society and a select group of loans, "Dolley Madison" will trace how American women interpreted the nation's founding documents, influenced the newly-created government and institutions, and how Dolley Madison facilitated unity in a bitterly partisan era, establishing herself and the President's House as national symbols. Broad in its thematic scope, "Dolley Madison" will begin by exploring how Americans embarked on the project of nation-building, and how American women grappled with the dissonance between the rights expressed in the nation's founding documents and the legal and social restrictions placed upon them as women. The exhibition's core section will detail how Dolley Madison influenced the American political arena, cultivating a public persona, and providing opportunities for unity and networking through hosting her weekly parties at a time when political foes had few chances to come together. The concluding section will look at the persistent tensions between the nation's expressed goals and the reality of slavery and the limited rights of women, from which Madison was not spared, despite her status as a beloved national figure.
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
Glass: A Short History (Smithsonian Books edition) (2012) illustrated, p. 90; BIB# 130360
Glass: A Short History (The British Museum edition) (2012) illustrated, p. 90, lower; BIB# 135965
Masterpieces of American Glass (1990) illustrated, pp. 10, 91, pl. 10; BIB# 33046
Antiques and The Arts Weekly (1982-12-03) ill. p. 24;
The Pennsylvania Germans : A Celebration of their Arts, 1683-1850 (1982) pp. 66, 177, ill. pl. 42; BIB# 21999
American Glass in the Jerome Strauss Collection (1980-08) pl. I, p. 273;
American Glass (1948) (1948) pl. 45, #2; BIB# 25297
Another Gallatin Glass (1939-08) pp. 79-80;