Nymph in a Crescent Moon

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Object Name: 
Nymph in a Crescent Moon
Attributed to Kny
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 2.5 cm, Diam: 24.4 cm
On Display
about 1888
Credit Line: 
Gift of Juliette K. Rakow in memory of Leonard S. Rakow
Web Description: 
Frederick Engelbert Kny was one of several Bohemian glassworkers employed at the Dennis Glass Works in Amblecote. He came to Amblecote in 1860, and he became a skilled engraver of colorless glasses decorated in the high-relief "Rock Crystal" style. His sons, Ludwig and William Kny, continued to work in Amblecote for the firms of Webb Corbett and Stuart & Sons at the beginning of the 20th century. This plaque was formerly owned by Mrs. Ludwig Kny. (see cameo glass in Stourbridge, 89.2.11)
Rakow Estate, Juliette K. (Mrs. Leonard S.) (d. 1992), Source
Primary Description: 
Opaque white, pale green glasses; blown, overlaid, etched, cameo-carved. Shallow, circular shape; with upturned sides; white overlay on green, cameo-carved to create a design of the figure of a nude young girl seated in a crescent moon, clasping her knee with her arms; diffuse clouds and stars; reverse side ground.
Cameo Glass: Masterpieces from 2000 Years of Glassmaking
Corning Museum of Glass 1982-05-01 through 1982-10-31
Cameo glass, one of the most costly and difficult decorating techniques since first century B.C., is documented and illustrated in this catalog. Included are examples from Rome, Islam, and China, as well as English 19th-century masterpieces by John Northwood and George Woodall among others. For the purposes of this catalog, the term “cameo glass” is used to refer to cased glass objects with two or more differently colored layers. The outer layer is usually an opaque or opalescent white, and the outer layer or layers have been carved in to leave the decoration standing in relief against a body of contrasting color. Shading is produced by thinning down the carved layer; highlights are created where the glass is left thickest. Both this catalog, and the exhibition for which it was created, documents the 2000-year cameo glass tradition.
English Cameo Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1994) illustrated, pp. 37, 61, fig. 32; BIB# 35913
Recent Important Acquisitions, 32 (1990) illustrated, p. 195, #15; BIB# AI74245
Cameo Glass: Masterpieces from 2000 Years of Glassmaking (1982) illustrated, pp. 67, 112, #52; BIB# 30609
English Cameo Glass (1980) p. 92, fig. 40; BIB# 20952