Pedestal Vase

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Object Name: 
Pedestal Vase
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
96.3.16 B
Overall (Bab) H: 75.7 cm, Diam: 23.4; (Ba) H: 58.3 cm, W (handles): 21.5 cm, Diam (rim): 20.6 cm; (Bb) H: 21.8 cm, Diam (base): 23.4 cm
Not on Display
Primary Description: 
This vessel is identical in manufacture to the companion piece, 96.3.16 A: Gold-ruby glass; mold-blown, tooled, struck, applied, gilded, enameled, cut, polished. (a) Narrow form of amber colored glass, blown into an optical mold, with long cylindrical neck and short biconical vessel bottom, the upper 2/3 of the vessel struck at the gloryhole to gradually changing color toward the rim to a ruby red; the rim, decorated with an applied amber colored band, is tooled into an undulating ruffle. The C-shaped pair of handles is attached to the widest part of the belly. The foot consists of a hollow blown knop and a flared base with integrated vertical footring. Heavy gilding is applied to the edge and folds of the rim ruffle, both handles, the widest part of the stem knop, and the vertical edge of the foot. It also is prominently decorated with a bearded German landsknecht (foot soldier) standing frontally and turning left. He is dressed in a phantasy armor consisting of a camail (chain-mail neckpiece), a cuirass over a ruffled shirt, metal leg lames, and slashed knee cops; he is also wearing striped red and white stockings or stirrups, green shoes and a green cap. He is armed with a rapier tied around his waist, and a wooden jousting pole(?) is hoisted over his right shoulder. The reverse shows a songbird with ocher and brown feathers, its wings spread and sitting on a vine. The grapevine and insect decoration is similar to the companion piece: The remaining surface of the vessel is densely decorated with gilded grapevines, the leaves accentuated in pale blue, yellow, and dark green enamel with white highlights. The grapes in high relief consist of applied pyropes of green, yellow, blue, and red glass, accentuated with gold highlights. Interspersed between the vine scrolls are large flying insects which are carefully executed in colored enamel. (b) The matching base is of cylindrical form... For complete description see Notepad: Current Full Description 1996-08-15
Love, Dr. Thomas, Former Collection
Love, Mrs. Thomas, Former Collection
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1996 (1997) illustrated, p. 10; BIB# AI95179
Recent Important Acquisitions, 39 (1997) p. 173, #31; BIB# AI5243