Gourd Vase

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Object Name: 
Gourd Vase
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Overall H: 23 cm, W: 13 cm, D: 10 cm
On Display
Credit Line: 
Gift of Juliette K. Rakow in memory of Leonard S. Rakow
Web Description: 
Jules Barbe was a French gilder and enameler. He exhibited his work at the Paris world's fair of 1878, and a year later he went to Stourbridge. Barbe was employed at the Dennis Glass Works, where he introduced "raised" gilded decoration consisting of a paste made of gold, mercury, and other ingredients. This decoration was painted on the glass and fired in a muffle kiln fueled with oak wood. After the glass was annealed, the gilding was burnished with spun glass brushes. Barbe worked for the Webb firm until 1901, when he became a freelance decorator. Fridolin Kretschman, who carved this vase, is known to have lived in the Stourbridge area from 1886 to 1892.
Rakow, Mrs. Leonard S. (d. 1992), Former Collection
Rakow, Dr. Leonard S., Former Collection
Impressed base
Primary Description: 
Ruby and opaque ivory white, lead glass; blown, overlaid, carved, etched, enameled, gilded. Gourd shape, with curved neck and double bulbous sides; ruby glass overlaid with opaque white, opaque white relief-carved (cameo-carved) and enameled to create a realistic design of overlapping tan branches at the neck and base, with the sides between covered by a continuous vine with pale greenish and bluish leaves and orange-yellow gourds; three small blue and tan dragonflies on one side, amid the gourds; ruby background covered with gilded dots; pontil ground.
Louis C. Tiffany, Master of Modern Art Glass
Musee du Luxembourg 2009-09-16 through 2010-01-17
Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal 2010-02-11 through 2010-05-02
Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia 2010-06-05 through 2010-08-15
Cameo Glass: Masterpieces from 2000 Years of Glassmaking
Corning Museum of Glass 1982 through 1982
Notes: Tiffany Glass and Fridolin Kretschmann (2012) illustrated, p. 267, Fig. 5; BIB# AI92558
Oriental Influences on Victorian Glass (2010-3) illustrated, p. 4;
Tiffany Glass: A Passion for Colour (2009) illustrated, p. 118; BIB# 112877
Layers of Wonder: Majestic and Marvelous Cameo Glass (2003-05) illustrated, inset between pp. 40-41;
English Cameo Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1994) illustrated, pp. 36-37, 61, fig. 31; BIB# 35913
The many facets of Victorian glass (1993-10) p. 118;
Recent Important Acquisitions, 32 (1990) illustrated, p. 194, #14; BIB# AI74245
2,000 Years of Cameo Glass at The Corning Museum (1982-07) p. 57;
Cameo Glass: Masterpieces from 2000 Years of Glassmaking (1982) illustrated, pp. 81, left; 116-117, #78; BIB# 30609
Important Nineteenth Century English Cameo Glass and Fine French Paperweights (1970-10-26) p. 13 no. 40 and frontispiece; BIB# 12905
Cameo Glass (1936-09) pp. 109-112, fig. 9;
The Editor's Attic: A Nineteenth-Century Masterpiece in Cameo Glass (Antiques, v. 28) (1935-07) pp. 6, 7, ill.;