Jug with Bacchus and Ariadne

Object Name: 
Jug with Bacchus and Ariadne

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Object Name: 
Jug with Bacchus and Ariadne
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 43.9 cm, Diam: 15.8 cm
On Display
about 1860-1870
Primary Description: 
Jug with Bacchus and Ariadne. Colorless lead glass; blown, engraved. (a) Ovoid body with tall narrow, cylindrical neck, flared at the rim into a 3-lobed pouring spout; applied inverted loop handle; elaborately engraved, the neck with complex borders, with two oval panels containing urns with flowers; elaborate border on the shoulder with swans, compotes of fruit, and floral swags; sides with arched panels, the two on the sides with engraved figures, on one side a partially clad man with grapes in his hair, holding a bunch of grapes aloft in his upraised hand, a leopard skin over his left arm, holding a staff; two nude children at his side; on the reverse side, a women, fully draped, with one arm upraised, holding a staff, and with an amphora in her other hand, a partly-draped child at her side; on the front and back, seated fauns playing pipes; the panels separated by pairs of ferns, with tripod vases with grapes between; an elaborate band below, with floral swags; engraved linear and dot bands along the handle; sloping, circular applied foot, with engraved elaborate border; large polished pontil mark on the underside of the foot, rim polished flat; engraved inscription on the underside, "BACCHUS" (under the male figure) and "ARIADNE" (under the female figure); and scratched "135[3?]" on the foot rim. (b) Ovoid, hollow shape, with tiny ball finial; engraved anthemion pattern above a linear and dot border; tapered, hollow, polished shank, cut taper below; scratched "1" on the side.
Boyle, Sally, Source
Fire and Vine: The Story of Glass and Wine
Corning Museum of Glass 2021-07-03 through 2022-12-31
Explore the many ways glass touches wine as it travels from the grape to your goblet in Fire and Vine: The Story of Glass and Wine. The entwined histories of glass and wine extend back thousands of years, from lavish feasts of ancient Rome, to the polite society of Britain in the 1700s, to formal dinner parties of post-war America, to an essential experience within our contemporary food culture. The strength, impermeability, and versatility of glass has played an important role in every step of wine’s journey, from the production, distribution, sale, and ultimately the enjoyment of this intoxicating beverage. During your visit, you’ll see a rare 2,000-year-old fragment of cameo glass depicting a grape harvest, a still-sealed bottle of wine found in a shipwreck off the coast of England, and an exceptional 400-year-old document describing an “almost unbreakable glass jar” that could prevent wine from spoiling. A focal point of the exhibition will be a dense display of dozens of wine glasses from around the world, representing many styles and tastes, fit for a variety of occasions. You will be able to envision the stories behind the glasses—and imagine yourself partaking from this delicate stemware that’s been part of countless life moments. In the exhibition, you'll also explore how the story of glass and wine has particular relevance in the Finger Lakes of New York State, which has been a nexus for both the glass and wine industries for more than 150 years. Independent, entrepreneurial winemakers and glass artists have found a mutual home in this region, building on historical tradition with new creative energy that makes Corning and the Finger Lakes an international hub for the entwined industries of fire and vine.
Corning Museum of Glass 2005-05-19 through 2005-10-30
The Bulfinch illustrated encyclopedia of antiques (1994) illustrated, p. 91 detail (center); p. 103, no 4; BIB# 26855
Recent Important Acquisitions, 31 (1989) illustrated, p. 108, #20; BIB# AI23357