Jellies, clear or colored confections flavored with spices and fruit, were typically served in individual glasses. Their presentation was further enhanced by the cut decoration lavished on each glass. By the late eighteenth century, elite households presented the dessert amid a dramatic table setting of mirrored plateaux, flowers, and porcelain figurines. This example, with its neoclassical wheel cut decoration of bellflowers and fluting, was probably acquired by the Washingtons in the 1790s.


Jelly glass with trumpet bowl on conical, faceted foot; dentated rim; bowl decorated with eight flutes around the lower half and a border of cut bellflowers or husks around the top; edge of foot cut with eleven oval facets; polished pontil.







Overall (Height): 4 1/4 in. x 2 1/2 in. x 2 1/2 in. (10.8 cm x 6.35 cm x 6.35 cm)
Other (foot): 2 1/16 in. x 2 1/16 in. (5.23 cm x 5.23 cm)

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Purchase, 1892

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