Ceremonial Spittoon or Basin

Ceremonial Spittoon or Basin

c. 1900

Glass with enameled and gilded decoration

Diameter: 31.8 cm (12 1/2 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1944.235

Description

This famous object is renowned for its distinctive shape and intense enamel colors forming striking star and leaf patterns. It was considered unique until recently when another appeared which tested as "modern." This example can be traced back to 1913, well after 19th-century imitations were made in Europe. Although glass scholars consider the museum's object authentic, it is also being tested.

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