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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 →

When the price of silver plummeted following the discovery of the Comstock Lode in 1859, silver became a popular medium for the whimsical specialty items adored by members of America’s Gilded Age elite. Also, the economic boom following the Civil War saw the creation of the modern industrial economy, and with it, an increased income for many in America. This new class of wealthy Americans wanted to display their prosperity in the most conspicuous manner possible, and manufacturers of luxury goods like Gorham Manufacturing Company of Providence, Rhode Island, were more than happy to meet the increased demand for high-end items. Among the many waysRead More →

The story of our museum feature this month begins over 7,000 years ago, when wine was first produced on a large scale at the Hajji Firuz Tepe in the Zagros Mountains (now Iran). As the production and popularity of wine spread throughout the ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman civilizations in the years that followed, so did an appreciation of different types of wine, and all the different types of techniques for enjoying them. People soon learned that the serving temperature of wine greatly affects its taste and aroma (acidity and tannins are more pronounced at lower temperatures, but this also causes the aromatics to becomeRead More →