Punch Bowl

Bakewell, Pears and Company American

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

The refinement of pressed-glass technology in the mid-nineteenth century made fancy decorated glass available to all levels of society. A new method of production, invented in Pittsburgh in 1825, involved mechanically pressing molten glass into a mold using a plunger. This example, which mimics luxurious hand-cut glass, is in the Argus pattern, named after the mythological giant who had one hundred eyes.

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