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Pitcher

unknown American, PA, Pittsburgh (American)

1830-1850

Medium glass Measurements H: 7 1/2 x W: 7 1/2 in. (19.05 x 19.05 cm) Credit Gift of the Pittsburgh Early American Glass Club Accession Number 50.4.7 Location Gallery 18, Bruce Galleries

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“Pillar-molded” pitchers like this example were advertised by the Pittsburgh firms M’Kee & Brothers and Bakewell, Pears & Company, although similar objects were made elsewhere in America and England. The complicated process of making the pitcher included taking two gathers of glass with a blow pipe from the furnace; the first gather was allowed to partially cool and harden before the second was added and pressed into a ribbed mold. Thus the interior of the pitcher remains smooth while the exterior takes on the pillar pattern.

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Title: Label, Bruce, 50.4.7; American, PA, Pittsburgh (probably); Pitcher, 1830-1850
"Pillar-molded" pitchers like this example were advertised by the Pittsburgh firms M’Kee & Brothers and Bakewell, Pears & Company, although similar objects were made elsewhere in America and England. The complicated process of making the pitcher included taking two gathers of glass with a blow pipe from the furnace; the first gather was allowed to partially cool and harden before the second was added and pressed into a ribbed mold. Thus the interior of the pitcher remains smooth while the exterior takes on the pillar pattern. AUDIO 1008879 Director's Choice: Hear directly from Carnegie Museum of Art director Lynn Zelevansky
Date: 2011
Purpose: label
Author: Busch, Jason - CMOA

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