Paperweight Mantel Ornament

Object Name: 
Paperweight Mantel Ornament

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Object Name: 
Paperweight Mantel Ornament
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 13.7 cm, Diam (max): 8.9 cm
On Display
about 1905-1912
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Clara S. Peck
Web Description: 
Most American paperweights with enclosed flowers were made by glassblowers on their own time, using leftover glass. One of the most skillful of these makers was Ralph Barber of Vineland, New Jersey, who created the type of open red rose that is featured in a mantel ornament made in the early 1900s. The rose was formed by applying a pad of red glass to the side of a colorless glass sphere. The glassmaker forced the hot red glass inside the colorless ball with a “crimp” whose curved metal fins were arranged in concentric rings on a wooden handle. As the ball was reshaped, rounded, and covered with another layer of colorless glass, the back of the rose was rounded and closed. A lampworked green stem and leaves completed the decoration.
Peck, Clara S. (d. 1983), Source
Parke-Bernet Galleries, NYC, Former Collection
Primary Description: 
Colorless, red, green non-lead glasses; flameworked and cased; mold-blown. Globular sphere, enclosing a tilted twelve-petaled red rose and ten green leaves on green stems, on a true baluster stem and disk, large disk foot; polished pontil; paper label inscribed "84" in ink.
Corning Museum of Glass 2006-11-16 through 2007-03-18
West Bridge Exhibit
Corning Museum of Glass 2002-03-21 through 2002-09-23
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
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass (1992) illustrated, p. 166, P50; BIB# 35679
Masterpieces of American Glass (1990) illustrated, pp. 49, 94, pl. 80; BIB# 33046
A Collector's Guide to Paperweights (1990) illustrated, p. 80, top left; BIB# 98767
Paperweights from The Corning Museum of Glass (1987) illustrated, #16; BIB# 34353
Recent Important Acquisitions, 26 (1984) illustrated, p. 146, #34; BIB# AI13534
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1983 (1984) illustrated, pp. 6, 21; BIB# AI97139
The Clara S. Peck Collection (1984) illustrated, p. 7, fig. 7; BIB# AI13749
The Clara Peck Collection (1983) illustrated, pp. 1, 7 (fig. 7); BIB# AI11335
The Encyclopedia of Glass Paperweights (1969) pp. 236, 238, 239, fig. 215; BIB# 27188
Three Fine Millville Paperweights... (1959-06) illustrated
Old glass paperweights: their art, construction and distinguising features (1947) illustrated, pl. XVIII (before p. 101; BIB# 27616