Bottle

A work made of pattern-molded blown glass.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of pattern-molded blown glass.

Date:

1835/45

Artist:

Artist unknown
American, 19th century
Probably Ohio

About this artwork

By the late-eighteenth century, American glass blowers had developed the technique of pattern molding. Using this method, the gaffer (the individual who blows the glass) collects a portion, or gather, of molten glass on the blowpipe. The glass is then pushed into a fluted or ridged mold, removed from the mold, and then blown. In this way, the molded decorative ridges expand and can be twisted, as shown in this bottle. Pattern molding was the most common method of glass decoration in the United States until the technique of press molding was developed in the 1820s.

On View

American Art, Gallery 227

Artist

Artist unknown

Title

Bottle

Origin

Midwest

Date

1835–1845

Medium

Pattern-molded blown glass

Dimensions

15.9 × 14 × 14 cm (6 1/4 × 5 1/2 × 5 1/2 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of William B. McIlvaine Jr. in memory of his mother Marian Fenno McIlvaine

Reference Number

1988.437.6

Extended information about this artwork

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