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Ambassador Bonbonnière And Cover

This is a Bonbonnière and Cover. We acquired it in 1958. Its medium is mouth-blown crystal ("muslin glass"). It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

Following her visit to the 1925 Paris Exposition, Agnes Miles Carpenter ordered a group of Lobmeyr’s Ambassador glassware, presumably for use on the Jules Bouy–designed dining room furniture seen in drawings nearby. Designed by Oswald Haerdtl, the pieces helped define the era’s interest in sphere and cone forms. An American’s commission of an Austrian designer and company, shown in Paris, underscores not only the nexus of creative activity in Vienna’s cross-media design collaborations but also the exposure Paris gave them.

This object was purchased with funds from: Georgiana L. McClellan.

  • Ambassador Bowl, 1926
  • mouth-blown crystal ("muslin glass").
  • Museum purchase through gift of Georgiana L. McClellan.
  • 1958-98-11

Our curators have highlighted 7 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Ambassador Vase, 1926
  • mould-blown crystal ("muslin glass").
  • Museum purchase through gift of Georgiana L. McClellan.
  • 1958-98-42

Cite this object as

Ambassador Bonbonnière And Cover; Austria; mouth-blown crystal ("muslin glass"); 1958-98-4-a,b

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibitions The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s and Maira Kalman Selects.

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