Vase in Cased Glass
Hillwood Mansion, Entry Hall, Stairway
RUSSIA: Saint Petersburg
H. 27 9/16 in.
In creating this large decorative vase, artisans at the Imperial Glassworks employed a technique known as cased glass, which was widely used in Bohemia. To create this type of glass, two or three layers of colored and colorless glassóin this instance blue and colorlesówere fused together. Most of the blue glass was cut away to leave a blue design in relief. The vase was mold blown in three sections. The bowl is screwed onto the stem, which flares out into a small base. The vase itself sits on a large pedestal made of clear glass spaces around its sides. These same wide lobes decorate the smaller base and top of the vase. Acanthus leaves in blue glass emphasize the curve of the bowl's base.
Bequest of Marjorie Merriweather Post, 1973
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