• A Marriage of Collections: The auction at Christies

    Sale 2398

    A Marriage of Collections: The Property of Dr. Julius and Dena K. Tarshis

    21 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 49

    A JOHN FORD & CO. CUT-GLASS SULPHIDE PORTRAIT DECANTER AND STOPPER

    CIRCA 1885, ETCHED 18 TO STOPPER

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A JOHN FORD & CO. CUT-GLASS SULPHIDE PORTRAIT DECANTER AND STOPPER
    Circa 1885, etched 18 to stopper
    Of faceted oviform, divided by a central band set with a medallion enclosing a named sulphide profile of the Scottish bard, 'Robert Burns', to dexter, marked on the truncation, J. Moore, within engraved laurel sprays, the stopper with thistle
    11 3/8 in. (28.9 cm.) high (2)


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    For a similar example with alternate stopper, see Herbert W.L. Way, 'Apsley Pellatt's Glass Cameos in the Collection of Mrs. Applewhaite-Abbott', The Connoisseur, September, 1923, figure II, center; and Herbert W.L. Way, The Connoisseur, June, 1925, p. 98.

    Provenance

    Sotheby's, London, July 18, 1983, lot 384.


    Literature

    Dena Kaminsky, 'Sulphides: "The Noble Simplicity and Quiet Grandeur"', PCA Bulletin, 1984, p. 35, fig. 5.
    D. Tarshis, 'Essay, Including the Inclusions of Mrs. Applewhaite-Abbott' Objects of Fantasy: Glass Inclusions of the Nineteenth Century, Santa Cruz, CA, 2001, p. 164-165, no. fig. 6 & 7.