Potpourri Jar with Cover and Liner

Object Name: 
Potpourri Jar with Cover and Liner

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Object Name: 
Potpourri Jar with Cover and Liner
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 8.6 cm, Diam: 6.2 cm
On Display
about 1880-1890
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. Seymour Salem
Web Description: 
Potpourri vases made of porcelain or faience were popular after the mid-18th century. They were filled with aromatic herbs and blooms that spread their fragrance through holes in the lid. This jar continues the tradition, but the holes are located in the open-worked bronze neck. (see George and Thomas Woodall, 92.2.10 and cameo glass in Stourbridge, 89.2.11).
Rakow Estate, Juliette K. (Mrs. Leonard S.) (d. 1992), Former Collection
Rakow, Leonard S., Former Collection
Salem, Seymour, Source
Primary Description: 
Opalescent white and transparent brownish-amethyst lead glass; blown, overlaid, acid-etched, cameo-carved. (a) Ovoid shape, rounded at the top, tapering toward the bottom, with ground, flat opening at the top; cameo-carved decoration consisting of a border around the opening composed of a band of rectangles, each with a central dot, framed by pairs of rings, with a band of stylized pointed foliage below; the sides with a scene of a young woman, with wings, holding a fan, seated in front of a flowering tree, a flowering daisy in front of her, on a grassy knoll; signed, incised "Woodall" in script at the right; the reverse with a flowering branch, pendant from the border at the rim; a border similar to that at the rim around the bottom; the concave base with acid-etched mark "WEBB," within a square framed by four semicircular panels with stylized fans. (b) Domed cover, with small trefoil opening on top, with carved decorative details around the opening; flanked with small pendant pointed cameo-carved leaves, scrolls, and dots; below, a band of linked rectangles with central dots, flanked with narrow double rings, and a band of pointed leaves below, with two parallel lines at the edge; the rim ground flat. (c) Cylindrical form with domed top; formed of stamped, gilded metal; at the top, a rosette formed of eight sets of linked ovals, arranged radially, with dividing ribs, and a central dot; attached to sides formed of crosshatched inverted hearts at the top, florets between, above a crosshatched arcade with spaced quatrefoil devices; narrow flat, horizontal flange below; at the bottom, a narrow sleeve with linked openwork ovals with bands of raised dots above and below.
English Cameo Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (1994) illustrated, pp. 41, 61, fig. 37; BIB# 35913
Important Acquisitions from the Rakow Collection (1993) illustrated, p. 141, #8; BIB# AI32225
English Cameo Glass (1980) p. 188, #W2635; p. 315, #S47; BIB# 20952