All About Glass

All About Glass

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Medieval Glass: Introduction
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The phrase “medieval glass” evokes images of stained glass windows. But there is another world of medieval glass: objects made for daily use. This is the first exhibition in the United States devoted to glass made for the use of popes, princes, and peasants in the Middle Ages.

Medieval Glass: Guilds
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The phrase “medieval glass” evokes images of stained glass windows. But there is another world of medieval glass: objects made for daily use. This is the first exhibition in the United States devoted to glass made for the use of popes, princes, and peasants in the Middle Ages.

Medieval Glass: Forest Glass
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The phrase “medieval glass” evokes images of stained glass windows. But there is another world of medieval glass: objects made for daily use. This is the first exhibition in the United States devoted to glass made for the use of popes, princes, and peasants in the Middle Ages.

Medieval Glass: Forest Destruction
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The phrase “medieval glass” evokes images of stained glass windows. But there is another world of medieval glass: objects made for daily use. This is the first exhibition in the United States devoted to glass made for the use of popes, princes, and peasants in the Middle Ages.

Medieval Glass: Food and Drink
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The phrase “medieval glass” evokes images of stained glass windows. But there is another world of medieval glass: objects made for daily use. This is the first exhibition in the United States devoted to glass made for the use of popes, princes, and peasants in the Middle Ages.

Medieval Glass: Early Medieval
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The phrase “medieval glass” evokes images of stained glass windows. But there is another world of medieval glass: objects made for daily use. This is the first exhibition in the United States devoted to glass made for the use of popes, princes, and peasants in the Middle Ages.

Medieval Glass: Cities
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The phrase “medieval glass” evokes images of stained glass windows. But there is another world of medieval glass: objects made for daily use. This is the first exhibition in the United States devoted to glass made for the use of popes, princes, and peasants in the Middle Ages.

Medieval Glass: Churches and Monasteries
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The phrase “medieval glass” evokes images of stained glass windows. But there is another world of medieval glass: objects made for daily use. This is the first exhibition in the United States devoted to glass made for the use of popes, princes, and peasants in the Middle Ages.

Medieval Glass: Spectacles
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The phrase “medieval glass” evokes images of stained glass windows. But there is another world of medieval glass: objects made for daily use. This is the first exhibition in the United States devoted to glass made for the use of popes, princes, and peasants in the Middle Ages.

Medieval Glass: The Mappae Clavicula
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The phrase “medieval glass” evokes images of stained glass windows. But there is another world of medieval glass: objects made for daily use. This is the first exhibition in the United States devoted to glass made for the use of popes, princes, and peasants in the Middle Ages.

Medieval Glass: Venetian Style
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The phrase “medieval glass” evokes images of stained glass windows. But there is another world of medieval glass: objects made for daily use. This is the first exhibition in the United States devoted to glass made for the use of popes, princes, and peasants in the Middle Ages.

Medieval Glass: Venice
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The phrase “medieval glass” evokes images of stained glass windows. But there is another world of medieval glass: objects made for daily use. This is the first exhibition in the United States devoted to glass made for the use of popes, princes, and peasants in the Middle Ages.

Medieval Glass: Vikings
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The phrase “medieval glass” evokes images of stained glass windows. But there is another world of medieval glass: objects made for daily use. This is the first exhibition in the United States devoted to glass made for the use of popes, princes, and peasants in the Middle Ages.

Voices of Contemporary Glass: Steven Weinberg
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A survey of one of the largest and finest collections of contemporary studio glass in the United States, Voices of Contemporary Glass showcases, for the first time, the collection donated to the Museum in 2006 by Ben W. Heineman, Sr. and his wife, Natalie G. Heineman. Over a period of 21 years, Mr.

Voices of Contemporary Glass: Peter Aldridge
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A survey of one of the largest and finest collections of contemporary studio glass in the United States, Voices of Contemporary Glass showcases, for the first time, the collection donated to the Museum in 2006 by Ben W. Heineman, Sr. and his wife, Natalie G. Heineman. Over a period of 21 years, Mr.

Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: 1890: Ad for Art Glass
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Advertisement for Mt. Washington: Rich cut and decorated wares, including Royal Flemish and Albertine decoration, from the November 1890 issue of The Jewelers Circular and Horological Review. Mt. Washington advertised itself as the “Headquarters for Art Glass in America” in 1889 and into the 1890s.

Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Lava Vase
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Mt. Washington Glass Company United States, New Bedford, MA 1878–1880 Glass, blown, enameled H: 20.4 cm, D (max.): 15.6 cm (76.4.17) The first Art Glass made by Mt. Washington (or any American company, as far as we know) was called Sicilian because it was supposed to contain volcanic lava from Mt.

Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Burmese Lamp
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Mt. Washington Glass Company United States, New Bedford, MA About 1885–1895 Glass, metal; blown, enameled, mounted, decorated Overall H: 48.5 cm (79.4.91) The most popular Art Glass made by Mt. Washington, in production from 1885 until 1895, was Burmese glass. This opalescent glass shaded from pink

Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Decorated Peachblow Footed Vase
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Mt. Washington Glass Company United States, New Bedford, MA 1886–1890 Lead glass, enamel, gilding; blown, applied, enameled Overall H: 16.4 cm, W: 12 cm (2002.4.39) Peachblow glass, another Art Glass, was made contemporaneously with Burmese glass, though it had a different chemical composition and

Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Royal Flemish Vase with Camel and Rider
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Mt. Washington Glass Company United States, New Bedford, MA 1893–1895 Glass and pigments Overall H: 32.9 cm, Diam (Max): 16.8 cm (L.40.4.2002) Another type of decorated glass made by Mt. Washington in the 1880s was called Royal Flemish glass. The decoration had nothing to do with the province of

Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Royal Flemish Punch Bowl with Brownie Decoration
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Mt. Washington Glass Company United States, New Bedford, MA 1894–1896 Colorless glass, blown, enameled, gilded H: 34.4 cm, D: 40.7 cm (L.23.4.2011) One unusual decoration on Mt. Washington glass depicts Brownie figures. These figures were created by the author/illustrator Palmer Cox. Brownies were

Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Cut Lamp with Silver Fittings
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Pairpoint Manufacturing Co.; Mt. Washington Glass Company United States, New Bedford, MA 1880–1900 Glass, silver; blown, cut Overall H: 52.8 cm, W: 29.1 cm, Diam (max): 20.4 cm (2004.4.57) The Mt. Washington Glass Company produced cut glass from the middle of the 19th century; its exhibit at the

Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Water Carafe, cut in Wheeler pattern
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Mt. Washington Glass Company; Henry Wilde United States, New Bedford, MA about 1890–1910 Lead glass, blown and cut H: 20.9 cm, D: 15.3 cm (92.4.9) This water carafe is cut in the Wheeler pattern, which originated around 1885. This pattern was made until the turn of the century in a variety of

Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Dish
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Pairpoint Corporation United States, New Bedford, MA About 1909–1930 Glass, blown, cut Overall H: 3.8 cm, Diam: 15.1 cm (L.100.4.2010) This and other Pairpoint Corporation floral patterns were popular. They were much simpler than the elaborate cut glass that had been in production since the 1880s.

Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Kerosene Lamp
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Pairpoint Manufacturing Co. United States, New Bedford, MA About 1900–1903 Glass, enamel, gilding, metal; blown, enameled, gilt, assembled Overall H: 42.8 cm, Diam: 21.2 cm (L.251.4.2010) From the 1870s onward, lighting was a major product of Mt. Washington and, eventually, of the Pairpoint

Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: “Puffy” Table Lamp
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Pairpoint Corporation United States, New Bedford, MA 1907 Lead glass, bronze; mold-blown, enameled H: 53.6 cm; (a) H: 44.2 cm, D: 26.2 cm; (b) H: 15.5 cm, D: 32 cm (92.4.15) After 1900, the Pairpoint Corporation greatly increased their production of lamps, most of which were electric after 1902.

Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Butterfly Table Lamp
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Pairpoint Corporation United States, New Bedford, MA 1907–1925 Glass, metal, enamel, rubber; blown, tooled, enameled, acid-etched, assembled Overall H: 52.6 cm, Diam: 37.5 cm (2009.4.338) Pairpoint made electric lamps, like this one, with reverse-painted shades and a variety of metal bases from

Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Electric Table Lamp
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Pairpoint Corporation United States, New Bedford, MA About 1915–1937 Glass, metal, fabric, paper, marble, electrical wiring/components; tooled and cast glass, assembled Overall H: 34.3 cm, W: 20.4 cm, D: 10.2 cm (L.124.4.2010) This candlestick lamp is one of a number of designs of electric

Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Ambero Glass Vase
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Pairpoint Corporation United States, New Bedford, MA 1915–1916 Glass, metal, enamel; blown, tooled, acid-etched, enameled Overall H: 37 cm, Diam: 21.6 cm (2009.4.340) Ambero Art Glass is relatively rare because it was only made for two or three years. This glass was enameled on the inside surface

Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: Covered Engraved Dish
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Pairpoint Corporation United States, New Bedford, MA 1925–1937 Glass, blown, cased, applied, engraved Overall H: 20 cm, Diam: 24.2 cm (2009.4.93) In the 1920s, the Pairpoint Corporation made a variety of tableware, both colored and colorless, much of it with engraved and/or cut decoration. This

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