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Pair of "Agata" Vases

A work made of blown glass.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of blown glass.


c. 1887


Joseph Locke (American, 1846–1936)
Made by New England Glass Company (American, 1818–1888)
East Cambridge, Massachusetts

About this artwork

Aestheticism began in England, and English artisans helped to spread its ideals in the United States; several of them immigrated permanently and became the chief designers at American firms. Glass engraver Joseph Locke, for instance, emigrated from England in 1883 and became the head designer at the New England Glass Company, where he invented a number of varieties of art glass. He was especially interested in replicating the subtly shaded glazes on Chinese and Japanese porcelain and experimented with different chemical treatments to achieve similar effects in glass. These vases are typical of Locke’s rare Agata line, which was produced only between 1885 and 1887. For these pieces, he used a metallic stain on top of his Wild Rose glaze to produce a mottled surface.


On View, Gallery 264


Arts of the Americas


New England Glass Company (Manufacturer)


Pair of "Agata" Vases


Cambridge (Object made in)

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c. 1887


Blown glass


2002.1.1: 38.5 × 13.6 × 13.5 cm (15 3/16 × 5 3/8 × 5 3/8 in.); 2002.19.2: 38.7 × 14 × 13.8 cm (15 1/4 × 5 9/16 × 5 7/16 in.)

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Americana Endowment

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