Our museum feature this month, a blue and white decorative tile from Minton, features a charming pastoral depiction of the Boston State House as it looked in 1818. While most tiles are meant to be used as floor coverings or decorative accents for walls, fireplaces, and furniture, this particular tile was produced by Minton to be sold as a souvenir for Boston visitors. Produced around 1895, the tile was one of a pair of tiles made exclusively for Macullar, Parker & Company, a large clothing manufacturer in Boston at the time. An advertisement for the tiles states. Although the history of the tile’s production isRead More →

Georg Jensen was once described by “The New York Herald Tribune” as “the greatest silversmith of the past 300 years.” Jensen was a true innovator, a sculptor-turned-silversmith who chose, as French art critic Emile Sedeyn said, “to make our useful things beautiful.” More than a hundred years after they were first introduced, many of his designs remain extremely popular and continue to attract the interest of collectors worldwide. Jensen’s trademarks of superb craftsmanship, interest in natural forms, and clean, sleek lines are clearly evident in this month’s Museum Feature: Jensen’s Blossom tea set.Read More →

Jenny Lind by Fostoria is a beautiful milk glass pattern with raised floral and geometric designs surrounding a cameo of Jenny Lind, a Swedish opera star who rose to fame in the nineteenth century. In our museum feature this month, we feature three 10 3/4-inches tall Jenny Lind cologne flasks, each crafted in a different color of milk glass – white, pink, and aqua. Based on an earlier pattern Fostoria had produced without a cameo, the white milk glass Jenny Lind pattern was made from 1954 to 1965, while the pink and aqua milk glass patterns were produced for just two years, from 1957 toRead More →