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Glass, Room 131


1879 (made)
Place of origin

Vase or flower trough, press-moulded, opalescent glass

Object details

Object type
Materials and techniques
Press-moulded, opalescent glass
Brief description
Vase or flower trough, opalescent glass, made by Sowerby & Co., Ellison Glass Works, Britain (Gateshead-on-Tyne), 1879
Physical description
Vase or flower trough, press-moulded, opalescent glass
  • Height: 5.0cm
  • Maximum width: 8.0cm
Marks and inscriptions
(Diamond registration mark for 18/09/1879)
Gallery label
The design of this vase was registered in 1879. 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 a 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 Mrs D. How
Other number
7681 - Glass gallery number
Accession number

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Record createdDecember 13, 1997
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