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Glass, Room 131


1878 (made)
Place of origin

Two-handled press-moulded glass dish.

Object details

Object type
Materials and techniques
press moulded
Brief description
Dish, Britain (Gateshead-on-Tyne), made by Sowerby & Co., Ellison Glass Works, 1878-1900, C.160-1983 .
Physical description
Two-handled press-moulded glass dish.
  • Height: 6.0cm
  • Greatest width width: 11.0cm
Marks and inscriptions
Registration number for 4/11/1878 (Registration number)
Gallery label
The design was registered in 1878. As here, much of Sowerby's opalescent glass was in the art-style known as 'Aesthetic'. In 1884 the Pottery Gazette reviewed the International Health Exhibition saying that 'their fancy glass should have been in the art gallery, but being of such cheap and popular character we suppose they were inadmissable. Still in taste and aesthetic treatment they rank as art goods, notwithstanding their cheapness. We may call it 'Art for the million'.
Credit line
Gift of M. J Franklin
Sowerby pattern bk.IX,p7 (1350)
Other number
7688 - Glass gallery number
Accession number

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Record createdDecember 13, 1997
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