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Morgan Vase and Stand

Decorative Arts and Design

On March 8, 1886, a Chinese porcelain vase with the highly sought-after red to yellow shading of the glaze termed "peachblow," from the collection of Mary J. Morgan of Baltimore, sold at auction for the staggering sum of $18,000 to W. T. Walters, founder of the city’s Walters Art Gallery. This noteworthy art world event inspired Hobbs, Brockunier & Company to manufacture glass replicas of the vase as a souvenir for the middle-class collector.
DATES ca. 1886
DIMENSIONS 9 7/8 x 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (25.1 x 8.9 x 8.9 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE H. Randolph Lever Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Colored glass vase (a) and stand (b). (a) Downward tapering cylindrical body with a high shoulder supporting a narrow tall neck pinched near base with a flared rim. Cased glass with opaque white inner layer and outer layer varies from dark red at neck and shoulder modulating to pale yellow on lower half of body. (b) Cup shape with flared sides with five molded beasts with pronounced clawed feet disposed symmetrically around cup shape all in amber glass. Condition: Two firing flaws on opposite side of upper body below neck; hairline 1/2" crack from rim.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Hobbs, Brockunier & Company (1863-1887). Morgan Vase and Stand, ca. 1886. Glass, 9 7/8 x 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (25.1 x 8.9 x 8.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, H. Randolph Lever Fund, 1995.93a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1995.93a-b_bw.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 1995.93a-b_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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