Elite households in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries indulged in spectacular dessert courses dramatically set with mirrored plateaux, ceramic figurines, and real and artificial flowers. Sweet jellies - clear or colored confections flavored with spices and fruit - added a rainbow of colors to the well-appointed table, the cut decoration lavished on each glass further enhancing their presentation. The bellflowers and fluting on this example suggest the Washingtons probably acquired it as part of a larger set in the 1790s. It matches two others in Mount Vernon's collection, all with a history of ownership in the family of Martha Washington's youngest granddaughter, Eleanor "Nelly" Parke Custis Lewis. More

Date

1790-1800


Geography


Material/Technique

Glass


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 4 1/4 in. x 2 7/16 in. x 2 7/16 in. (10.8 cm x 6.2 cm x 6.19 cm)


Credit

Purchase, 1950


Object Number

W-1640


Colors


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