Retailer South Boston Flint Glass Works American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 704

The chainlike decoration on this pitcher and sugar bowl (69.167a,b) was achieved by applying two parallel threads of glass and then nipping them together to form the connected ovals. This mode of decoration dates back to ancient Roman times and was revived on sixteenth-century Venetian and late-seventeenth-century English glass. It appeared again on English glass in the second half of the eighteenth century. Thomas Cains, who came from Bristol, England, was the proprietor of both firms that may have produced these pieces.

Pitcher, South Boston Flint Glass Works, Blown glass with applied decoration, American

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