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Basic Information

Accession Number:1939M308
Collection:Applied Art - Glass
Date:1870 - 1872

Maker Information

Attributed to:Philip Webb - View biography for Philip Webb
Manufacturer:James Powell & Sons - View history


The recipe for making glass has changed little for several thousands of years: sand, alkali ashes, and lime from crushed stones are melted together to give a strong, yet fragile material. This molten material can then be manipulated by the glassmaker in a number of ways.This 19th century, English beaker was free blown. This is where air is blown down a metal tube that has a blob of molten glass at its end to create a bubble. This bubble of glass would then have been shaped using a variety of tools to create the desired form.

Bequeathed by May Morris, 1939.

Further Information

Production Period:19th Century
Medium:Free blown lead glass.
Material(s):Lead glass
Place of Origin:London, England


Height:18.4 cm
Diameter:9.4 cm