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This exceptional and rare four-light cut-glass centerpiece by the renowned Apsley Pellatt is a work of tremendous skill and artistry ... moreThis exceptional and rare four-light cut-glass centerpiece by the renowned Apsley Pellatt is a work of tremendous skill and artistry. A symphony of delicate diamond-cut-glass, this light is topped with a flower vase center enclosing an intricate wheel-cut cameo, or sulphide, of Andromache, the wife of the Trojan Hector. Rosette accents, a conical stem and stepped circular foot complete this enchanting design. Apsley Pellatt glass featuring sulphides is very rare today. To find one of such exceptional beauty and quality is extraordinary. Sulphides, also known as “glass incrustations,” were a revolutionary development in glassmaking and Apsley Pellatt was at the forefront of its creation. In 1819, he took out a patent for this process of encasing a medallion in glass, which he called "crystallo ceramie," later called "Cameo Incrustation" and "Sulphides". In 1821, Apsley wrote a book about this process, Memoir on the Origin, Progress and Improvement of Glass Manufacture including. Glass Incrustations, which in 1849 was expanded and revised under the title "Curiosities of Glass-Making". A similar example of this incredible light is illustrated in this book, which states that the central vase was intended to hold real or artificial flowers. This piece was also exhibited at The Great Sulphide Show at The Corning Museum of Glass in New York in 1998, circa 1820. Measures: 15 1/4” high. less
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