American Decorative Arts
Maker, possibly by: Boston and Sandwich Glass Works, American, 1826–88

Covered Sugar Bowl

about 1860

Pressed glass

Overall: 7 1/4 x 4 5/8 in. (18.415 x 11.748 cm) Sugar: 4 5/16 x 4 3/8 in. (10.954 x 11.113 cm) Lid: 3 1/2 x 4 9/16 in. (8.89 x 11.589 cm)
Gift of Nancy Stiner
2009.155.1
The production of pressed-glass tablewares proliferated during the nineteenth century in the United States. The cable-with-ring motif used on this covered sugar bowl existed in many variations produced by numerous glasshouses. While it is said that the motif was designed to commemorate the laying of the first transatlantic cable on July 29, 1858, it is possible that the design was in existence prior to then. Although this sugar bowl is unmarked, excavations at the site of the Boston and Sandwich Glass Works have uncovered shards with nearly identical decoration.
Culture: 
American
Period: 
19th century
Classification: 
Containers - Glass
Geography: 
or possibly made in Massachusetts
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

Dr. Joseph Weiner [b. 1895] and Hannah Weiner [b. 1899], Conn.; by inheritance to their daughter, Nancy Stiner [b.1927], Conn.; gift 2009 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

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