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Union Glass Company



Object Type: Glass
Creation Place: North America, American, Massachusetts
3 7/8 in. x Diam: 2 1/4 in. (9.84 cm x 5.72 cm)
Medium and Support: Free-blown glass
Accession Number: 1985.0014.0014

Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Capell

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This vase was produced by the Union Glass Company between 1900 and 1910. It was covered with a gold iridescent glaze and then pulled; the leaf-like design was created while the vessel was still in its pliable state. The feather, leaf-like decorative feature was most likely copied from a Tiffany or Tiffany-inspired design, and is similar to other novelty glass items produced at the turn of the century. This vessel was created strictly for decorative purposes—such objects were not used for holding flowers.

The work is free blown, meaning that a craftsman made this vessel by hand. The artisan used a four to five feet long hollow metal tube and blew air into a gather of molten glass to form the vessel. Long tongs called purcellas and other glassmaking tools shaped the glass during this process.

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