Cruet set

DATE:
c. 1775–1800
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Non-lead glass
CLASSIFICATION:
Containers
DIMENSIONS:
8 3/8 × 6 1/4 × 4 in. (21.27 × 15.88 × 10.16 cm) Cruet Stand: 3 × 6 1/4 × 4 in. (7.62 × 15.88 × 10.16 cm) Bottle: 7 × 3 1/8 × 2 1/2 in. (17.78 × 7.94 × 6.35 cm) Bottle: 7 × 3 1/8 × 2 1/2 in. (17.78 × 7.94 × 6.35 cm) Stopper: 2 × 1 7/8 × 1 5/8 in. (5.08 × 4.76 × 4.13 cm) Stopper: 2 × 1 7/8 × 1 5/8 in. (5.08 × 4.76 × 4.13 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Decorative Arts and Design
LOCATION:
Wendy and Emery Reves Collection - Dining Room, Level 3
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection
OBJECT NUMBER:
1985.R.170.A-E

General Description

This cruet set is an example of the attractive yet functional type of glass often produced by French glasshouses. This form of cruet set, consisting of a holder containing two bottles, was popular in France throughout the 18th and into the early 19th century. Although such sets were made at many glasshouses, this particular example belongs to a group believed to come from Normandy. The engraved decoration of stars and branches is in the neoclassical taste. This style first appeared in European decorative arts in the third quarter of the 18th century and was dominant in France by the 1780s.

Excerpt from

Dallas Museum of Art, Decorative Arts Highlights from the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1995), 78.