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Sicilian Glass Lamp

A work made of glass.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of glass.


c. 1878


Frederick S. Shirley
American, active 1873–1894
Made by Mount Washington Glass Company
American, 1837–1900
New Bedford, MA

About this artwork

This lamp exemplifies the first group of artistic glassware patented by the Mount Washington Glass Company. Frederick S. Shirley, an English-born and trained glassmaker, introduced the Sicilian line, which was inspired by excavations of the ancient city of Pompeii in the 1860s and included the chemical elements of volcanic lava in its ingredients. Shirley also developed the process of fusing separate shards of glass in the body of his Sicilian wares, resulting in the unusual appearance of these vibrantly colored vessels.


On View, Gallery 175


Arts of the Americas


Frederick S. Shirley


Sicilian Glass Lamp


New Bedford (Object made in)

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c. 1878




61 × 15.2 cm (24 × 6 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Steven G. Gittens and James E. Disrud

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