Decorator George Franklin Lapham
Manufacturer Boston & Sandwich Glass Company American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 706

Richly colored glass in the Bohemian taste, ornamented with cutting and engraving, attracted the American public beginning in the mid-nineteenth century. This whiskey decanter, in a shape typical of the 1860s and 1870s, is distinguished by its brilliant faceting and detailed depiction of fruit, revealing the skill of the engraver. As a testament to its quality, Lapham signed and dated the work. The decanter was owned by William Kern, a glassworker who was presented with over fifty pieces of blown and engraved glass upon his retirement from the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company in 1867, after twenty-two years of employment.

Decanter, George Franklin Lapham (1836–80s), Blown, cut, and engraved glass, American

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