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Overall H: 53.6 cm; Top Diam: 24.5 cm; Base W: 20.3 cm, D: 19.1 cm
Not on Display
Credit Line: 
Gladys M. and Harry A. Snyder Memorial Trust
Web Description: 
After some years of looking, the Museum was fortunate enough to acquire two glass fountains in 2000. They are table fountains, which were intended to decorate a table or sideboard while entertaining. The design was patented by Joseph Storer of Hammersmith, England, before 1871, and it was made there for several years. Since Storer was not a glass manufacturer, we don't know exactly where the English fountains were made. However, several of the English ones combine small glass candle holders with the fountains, and we know that these candle holders were made in the English Midlands. This makes it a likely guess that the fountains were made there too. They were made at least through 1900 and possibly a little later. In 1871, James W. Tufts of Boston, a manufacturer of soda fountains and fixtures for ice cream parlors and apothecary shops, secured the American rights to the design. He immediately started to make two kinds of table fountains. Tufts produced the metal parts and purchased the glass pieces from the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company and probably other factories in the Boston area. The fountains remained in the Tufts catalog until the 1890s, so a lot of them must have been made. However, only a few are found today. The table fountain consisted of two glass bulbs with a metal connector. The bulbs revolved and released their watery contents into tubing that led to the bottom of a glass basin.
Djanogly, David, Former Collection
on metal at center
Primary Description: 
Transparent reddish (cranberry) glass, brass, marble; blown, tooled, assembled; hour glass shaped object with a cylindrical dish having a fluted rim at top; two glass bulbs fitted into a revolving brass frame below dish's brass frame square marble base.
The Fragile Art: Extraordinary Objects from The Corning Museum of Glass
Park Avenue Armory 2009-01-23 through 2009-02-01
The 55th Annual Winter Antiques Show
Victorian Crystal Table Fountains (2008-04-01) illustrated, p. 127; BIB# AI75167
The Automatic Crystal Fountain (2005) illustrated, pp. 298-300; color plate 88; BIB# AI68490
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2000 (2001) pp. 10, right; BIB# AI98331
Recent Important Acquisitions, 43 (2001) illustrated, Cover, frontispiece; BIB# AI53002