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Sicilian Vase

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)
Mount Washington Glass Company (American, 1837–1900)
New Bedford, Massachusetts

About this artwork

This vase 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 Vase


New Bedford (Object made in)

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c. 1878




20.3 × 15.2 cm (8 × 6 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior acquisitions of Mrs. Sydney Haskins, Mrs. Justus L. Johnson, Mary Louise Stevenson, Mrs. Theodore D. Tieken and Russell Tyson

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