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Vase (City Hall, New York)

Decorative Arts

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.
MAKER Unknown
  • 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
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    CAPTION Unknown. 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
    IMAGE overall, 1995.195.1_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    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.
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    Vase (City Hall, New York)