Vase with Chinoiserie Decoration

Object Name: 
Vase with Chinoiserie Decoration

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Object Name: 
Vase with Chinoiserie Decoration
Accession Number: 
60.2.2
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 18.7 cm; Shoulder Diam: 10.8 cm; Rim Diam: 5.1 cm; Base Diam: 5.7 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
1760-1780
Primary Description: 
Vase with Chinoiserie Decoration. Opaque white lead glass; blown and enameled. Decreasing in diameter towards concave base with very rough pontil mark, walls spread to rounded shoulder curving to very short cylindrical rudimentary neck; on the obverse of the vase a multicolored "panel" with a tree trunk on which colorful flowers, branches and grass emerge, on one side a male pheasant-like bird turned to the left and perched, three similar birds occupy the space on the reverse, all four having very long orange-brown tails; the enamel is very thin and lightly applied with orange-brown, purple-pink, blue and light green and yellow as predominant colors. On the base three paper labels: "Bristol glass. Very rare and beautiful example of this make. A. Trapnell". The second label has a number "704". The third label is round and shows a panther-like animal in red turned to the left with a chain, surmounted by the word "BRISTOL", below the number written in ink "13".
Department: 
Provenance: 
Trapnell, A., Former Collection
Dyson Perrins, C. W., Former Collection
Davis, Cecil, Former Collection
1960-01-13
Category: 
Material: 
Inscription: 
Bristol glass. Very rare and beautiful example of this make. A. Trapnell
Label
on the base
[panther-like animal] BRISTOL / 13
Label
on the base
704
Label
on the base
In Sparkling Company: Glass and Social Life in Britain during the 1700s
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass 2021-05 through 2022-01-02
In 2020, the Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) will present In Sparkling Company: Glass and Social Life in Britain during the 1700s; an exhibition exploring the role of glass, light and reflectivity in eighteenth-century social life. In the 1700s, Britain was a vibrant and commercial nation. Its growing cities were hubs of sociability, scientific advancement, trade, and finance. From glittering costume and elaborately presented confectionery, to polished mirrors and dazzling chandeliers, glass helped define the social rituals and cultural values of the period. While new innovations in glass delighted the wealthy, the material also bore witness to the ambitions of colonization and the horrors of the African slave trade. Glass beads were traded for human lives and elegant glass dishes, baskets and bowls held sweet delicacies made with sugar produced by enslaved labor. Underpinning Britain’s prosperity were aggressive foreign trade policies, colonization and a far-reaching economy of enslavement, the profits of which funded the pleasures and innovations of the fashionable world. Beginning in the intimate setting of a private dressing room, with a magnificent silver gilt dressing service made for the Duchess of Portland in about 1700, learn about how the elite prepared themselves for a night of revelry and entertainment. See the dazzling clothes and accessories worn by the ‘polished’ individual and understand the rules that governed how they behaved. Enter a specially commissioned virtual reality reconstruction of the remarkable and innovative glass-paneled drawing room designed for the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland in 1775, an interior that hasn’t been seen for nearly 200 years. Become immersed in the glittering nightlife of British elite and feel the tension between the exuberance of the fashionable world and the human cost of such sparkling company. Through a lens of glass, see what it meant to be ‘modern’ in the 1700s, and what it cost.
In Sparkling Company: Reflections on Glass in the 18th-century British World (2020) illustrated, p. 15 (fig. 2);
Glass as a medium for imitation (2014-11) illustrated, p. 15, left; BIB# AI98583
Stourbridge Glass: A Cut Above the Rest (2014-03) illustrated, p. 14 (second from right); BIB# AI98403
Enamelling and Gilding on Glass (2013) illustrated, p. 71 (2nd from right); BIB# 142116
Recent Important Acquisitions, 2 (1960) illustrated, p. 146, #38; BIB# AI97738