Finger bowl and plate

C. Dorflinger and Sons American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 706

This finger bowl and plate (1988.391.2b), both engraved with a finely detailed Great Seal of the United States, were probably part of the 520-piece service ordered in 1891 by President Benjamin Harrison. Their cut design, in the “Russian” pattern, was one of the most intricate available and defined the era of such richly cut glass.

Finger bowl and plate, C. Dorflinger and Sons (American, White Mills, Pennsylviania, 1881–1921), Blown, cut, and engraved glass, American

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