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Whale-oil lamp

Designer:
Probably designed by Thomas Cains (active 1812–ca. 1820)
Manufacturer:
Manufactured by Phoenix Glass Works (1812–27)
Date:
1830–40
Geography:
Made in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Free-blown and pressed glass
Dimensions:
H. 9 3/4 in. (24.8 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of Dr. Michael Heidelberger, in memory of Nina T. Heidelberger, 1982
Accession Number:
1982.439.7
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 704
This lamp’s decorative “mercurial ring” was created by tooling a deep indentation in the still-molten surface and then smoothing the glass over the groove. When viewed from the outside, the ring of trapped air appears silver.
Dr. Michael Heidelberger, New York, until 1982
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