Finger bowls were essential parts of any genteel dining service in the second half of the eighteenth century. Placed at each setting, they were filled with plain or rose water and functioned as individual tableside wash basins in which to wash ones' soiled fingers after each course. George Washington's choice of an opaque "Bristol Blue" glass was as utilitarian as it was elegant, for its masked the bowls' often dirty contents. More

Date

1750-1800


Geography


Material/Technique

Glass


Dimensions

Overall: 3 3/8 in. x 4 3/4 in. x 4 3/4 in. (8.59 cm x 12.07 cm x 12.07 cm)


Credit

Purchase, 1957


Object Number

W-2107/A


Colors


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