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Platter (James Blaine & John Logan)

Decorative Arts

On View: Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, American presidents were often the subject of pressed-glass objects that most typically celebrated them as political candidates and more rarely memorialized them as political heroes and martyrs. Plate 40.159, showing Grover Cleveland (1837-1908), is presumably a souvenir of his presidential campaign of 1884 or 1892. Cleveland and his running mate, Thomas Hendricks (1819-1885), defeated the Republican candidate James G. Blaine (1830-1893) and his running mate, John "Black Jack" Logan (1826-1886), who are illustrated on plate 40.157, also a campaign souvenir. Plate 40.167 was issued as a memorial remembrance on the death of Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), the leading Union general during the Civil War who became president in 1868. It depicts Grant with the slogan "Let Us Have Peace" and his birth and death dates. The mug decorated with busts of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) and James Garfield (1831-1881) and inscribed "Our Country's Martyrs" refers to the assassinations of these two national leaders in 1865 and 1881 respectively.

MEDIUM Glass
  • Place Manufactured: United States
  • DATES ca. 1884
    DIMENSIONS 1 1/2 x 13 x 9 1/4 in. (3.8 x 33 x 23.5 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Decorative Arts
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Luce Visible Storage and Study Center, 5th Floor
    ACCESSION NUMBER 40.157
    CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. William Greig Walker by subscription
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    CAPTION Platter (James Blaine & John Logan), ca. 1884. Glass, 1 1/2 x 13 x 9 1/4 in. (3.8 x 33 x 23.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. William Greig Walker by subscription, 40.157. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 40.157_bw_Justin_van_Soest_photograph.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2004
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Colorless pressed glass oval platter with handles and serrated rim. In center, profile portrait busts of James G. Blaine (left) and John A. Logan (right) face each other and are ringed by an arched border. The curved part of platter has a square pattern, and the rim and handles are decorated with molded flowers and leaves.
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