Cream Jug (Lily Pad)

Unknown American, American
probably New Jersey


about 1840-1865

Greenish-aqua lead glass, free blown and tooled with applied "lily-pad" decoration

Overall: 4 3/4 in. (12.1 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Florence and Lansing Porter Moore 1937 Fund



Place Made: United States, North America


19th century

Object Name

Tools and Equipment: Food Service

Research Area

Decorative Arts

Not on view


Inscribed in ballpoint pen on round gummed label on bottom: LILY PAD / NY. 340 / DICK WOOD / 1955


This cream jug is free blown, meaning no molds were used to create its shape. Its “lily-pad” decoration is formed by applying an outer layer of glass to the body and tooling it into the desired form. This type of decoration has no known European prototypes and is considered an American stylistic innovation. Such fancifully decorated tableware was thought to have been made after hours by the craftsmen who worked in the window glass factories in southern New Jersey and upstate New York.

From the 2019 exhibition American Art, Colonial to Modern, curated by Barbara J. MacAdam, Jonathan L. Cohen Curator of American Art

Exhibition History

American Art, Colonial to Modern, Israel Sack Gallery and Rush Family Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 26, 2019-September 12, 2021.

Israel Sack Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 2, 2009-present.

Publication History

Auction 7. Delmarva Acquisitions and Appraisals. Auction, Dec. 4, 2006, lot 1, color illus. [did not sell.].

2006 Americana Auction, August 4-6, 2006. Northeast Auctions, Manchester, NH, 2006, p. 293, lot 1831 (color illus.)


Dick Wood [glass dealer, Baltimore area], 1955; Northeast Auctions, 2006 Americana Auction, Manchester, New Hampshire, August 6, 2006, lot 1831; sold to Art and Kathy Green (dealers), Newton Centre, Massachusetts; sold to present collection, 2009.

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