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American Decorative Arts
Designer: Joseph Locke, American, born England, 1846–1936
Manufacturer: New England Glass Works, W. L. Libbey & Son, American, 1878–1888



Pressed lead Amberina glass

4 3/4 × 2 1/4 × 2 3/8 in. (12.07 × 5.72 × 6.03 cm)
Lisa Koenigsberg, M.A. 1981, M.Phil 1984, Ph.D. 1987, and David Becker, B.A. 1979, Fund
Amberina—heat sensitive, color-changing glass—was patented in the United States in 1883 by Joseph Locke, an English-born glassmaker working for the New England Glass Company in East Cambridge, Massachusetts. The majority of American amberina glass was blown, but Locke produced a few designs for pressed glass, of which this vase is the most ambitious and rare. The play of gold and red accentuates the exotic imagery and shape of the vase. Locke appropriated the form of a Japanese brush holder. Locke added natural, Asian-inspired imagery, with rocks and grasses forming the base and the front and sides depicting a stork eating a snake amid swaying marsh grasses. The overall effect is one that melds innovative glassmaking technology with the fashion for Japanesque aesthetics that dominated American design following the popularity of the Japanese pavilion at the 1876 Centennial Exposition.
Manufactured in East Cambridge, Massachusetts
On view
19th century
Containers - Glass

“Acquisitions,” https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Pub_Bull_acquisitions_2011.pdf (accessed March 1, 2012).

John Stuart Gordon, American Glass: The Collections at Yale (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2018), 178–79, no. 94.

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