Vase Manufacturer: Hobbs, Brockunier & Co. (American, 1863–1891)


American Decorative Arts

On view, 1st floor, American Decorative Arts before 1900

In the second half of the nineteenth century, there was a fashion for heat-sensitive glass that shifted in color from yellow to red. The West Virginia glasshouse Hobbs, Brockunier & Co. made use of this technologically advanced shaded effect to recreate a famed ceramic vase. In 1886 W. T. Walters of Baltimore purchased a Chinese porcelain vase with shaded pink, or "peach bloom," glaze owned by Mrs. Mary Morgan (widow of shipping magnate Charles Morgan). Walters paid an astounding $18,000 for the vase, causing a public sensation that produced countless newspaper articles as well as this glass facsimile. The facsimile came in two finishes—coral (shiny) and lusterless (acid or satin finish)—and sat on a pressed-glass stand that resembled the Chinese carved wood stand made for the Morgan vase.


Mold-blown lead Coral Ware glass and pressed lead glass


Vase with base: 10 × 3 3/8 in. (25.4 × 8.57 cm)
Vase: 8 × 3 1/8 in. (20.32 × 7.94 cm)
Base: 3 1/8 × 3 3/8 in. (7.94 × 8.57 cm)

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Purchased with a gift from William Bates, Jr., in honor of Edward S. Cooke, Jr., B.A. 1977, and Charles F. Montgomery, M.A. (HON.) 1970

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19th century


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James D. Julia, Inc., Fairfield, Maine, 2010
  • John Stuart Gordon, American Glass: The Collections at Yale (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2018), 184–85, no. 97
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