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Pair of Compotes

A work made of cut glass.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of cut glass.




Artist unknown (American, 19th century)
New York

About this artwork

From the 1820s to the 1850s, richly cut glass was extremely fashionable due to the glittering effects of the facets. These ornamental, diamond-cut glass compotes would have been used on a sideboard or dining table during the period. New York City was the production center for high-quality decorative glass in the United States, and these glass compotes are representative of New York firms like Brooklyn Flint Glass Works, a company whose work received a silver medal at the 1851 Crystal Palace Exhibition in London. The exceptional quality of these compotes comes from the clarity of glass and the bold yet restrained design.


On View, Gallery 173


Arts of the Americas


Artist unknown


Pair of Compotes


New York (Object made in)

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c. 1851–1857


Cut glass


Ea: 26 × 26 cm (10 1/4 × 10 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by Charles C. Haffner III

Reference Number


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