Sweetmeat glass

DATE:
c. 1740–1760
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Lead glass
CLASSIFICATION:
Containers
DIMENSIONS:
6 3/8 × 3 7/8 × 3 7/8 in. (16.19 × 9.84 × 9.84 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.275

General Description

In the field of glass, England is best known for the introduction of lead glass. Lead oxide was first added to molten glass at the furnace of George Ravenscroft in 1674. Through experimentation, Ravenscroft and his workers perfected lead glass in the late 17th century, producing objects that were characteristically heavy in weight and had great brilliance. By the early 18th century, glasshouses throughout England were making lead glass.

This sweetmeat glass is one of many in the Reves Collections. It is particularly noteworthy for its looped rim. Glasses having this type of applied decoration are rare. The rippled foot and the faceted stem are seen on numerous examples of fine English glass from the mid-18th century.

Excerpt from

Dallas Museum of Art, Decorative Arts Highlights from the Wendy and Emery Reves Collection (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1995), 86.