About this artwork
Contributing to the 19th-century enthusiasm for brilliant color and elaborate surface decoration, the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company made a variety of overlay lamps in numerous sizes, shapes, and colors. Because of their monumental scale, these kerosene lamps may have been used on the floor near a piano or as banqueting lamps on a table. The labor-intensive method of combining different colored metals in layers and cutting them away to reveal glass beneath was practiced by European glassmakers, particularly from Bohemia, who brought this technology to the United States.
- Boston and Sandwich Glass Company
- Double-Plated Lamp
- Cobalt blue, opaque white, and clear glass, gilt bronze, and marble
- H.: 97.8 cm (38 1/2 in.) to top of shade
- The Mrs. Maurice H. Mandelbaum Collection