Sicilian Vase

A work made of glass.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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Date:

c. 1878

Artist:

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

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

American Art, Gallery 175

Artist

Frederick S. Shirley

Title

Sicilian Vase

Origin

New Bedford

Date

1878

Medium

Glass

Dimensions

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

Reference Number

1998.316

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