Made by Bakewell, Page, and Bakewell / Decanter / ca. 1826Made by Bakewell, Page, and Bakewell
ca. 1826

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Creator Name: Bakewell, Page
Creator Role: Maker
Creator Dates/Places: 1808-1882
Creator Name-CRT: Made by Bakewell, Page, and Bakewell
Title: Decanter
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1824
Creation End Date: 1828
Creation Date: ca. 1826
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Glass, blown--cut and engraved
Materials and Techniques: Glass; sulphide medallion
Dimensions: 7 3/8 in. H. (18.7 cm H.)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 1995.13
Credit Line: Purchase, The Overbrook Foundation Gift, 1995

One of a pair (its mate is in the Philadelphia Museum of Art), this decanter features elaborate cut decoration. It is distinguished by a sulphide portrait of Benjamin Franklin on the front. A difficult technique developed in Europe, a high-fired ceramic material is embedded into a bubble of glass, which is then deflated so the image is surrounded by glass. Highly fashionable in France, sulphide portrait decoration was first produced in America by the Pittsburgh firm Bakewell, Page, and Bakewell in 1825 in an effort to compete with European glass manufacturers. The Museum has two glass tumblers with sulphide portraits embedded in their bases, one depicting George Washington (1984.152), the other Lafayette (1947.44).

AMICA ID: MMA_.1995.13
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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