Vase (City Hall, New York)
On rare occasions, the transfer-printing technique was used to decorate commemorative objects in glass, as in this extraordinary vase with an image of City Hall in New York. Designed by Joseph Mangin and John McComb, Jr., and opened in 1812, the building was considered one of the most impressive architectural landmarks in Federal-era Manhattan.
- Medium: Glass
- Place Manufactured: Europe
- Dates: ca. 1840
- Dimensions: 9 3/16 x 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 in. (23.3 x 9.5 x 9.5 cm) (show scale)
- Markings: Unmarked
- Collections:Decorative Arts
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 1995.195.1
- Credit Line: Gift of Wunsch Americana Foundation, Inc.
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Vase (City Hall, New York), ca. 1840. Glass, 9 3/16 x 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 in. (23.3 x 9.5 x 9.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Wunsch Americana Foundation, Inc., 1995.195.1. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: Footed vase, Bohemian milk glass with gilt decoration. Historical transfer painting of City Hall, New York, in sepia camaieu on front; gilt script calligraphy on reverse. Baluster shape with scene on widest center section. Gilt line frames the illustration, encircles the top and highlights the shoulder. Gilt stylized leaf decoration on the neck. Condition: Very good original condition. Three chips to rim. Gilt worn, especially on rim, foot and frame of scene. Numerous flaws in surface due to manufacture.
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)