Published: January 15, 2002
MILLVILLE, N.J. – A host of significant pieces of American glass are part of the new “Curator’s Choice” exhibit in the Museum of American Glass at Wheaton Village, January 19 through March 3.
The exhibit includes a large, clear glass compote with spiral colored threads in the stem, attributed to workers at Whitall Tatum Company, Millville, N.J., around 1900. There is also a jack-in-the-pulpit vase and diamond quilted spooner in the rare Mt Washington peachblow shading of pink to blue. The spooner and vase were made at the Mt Washington Glass Company in New Bedford, Mass., between 1886 and 89.
Visitors will see a large glass sculpture consisting of 17 pieces of glass fruit on a 21-inch plate titled, “Dish in Tuning Color,” made by Allesandro Moretti of Huntington, W.Va., in 1970. Moretti, who was born in Venice in 1922, learned glassblowing in Murano. He worked for several factories, including the famous Venini glass factory. He came to the United States in 1957 and worked for the Pilgrim Glass Company of Ceredo, W.Va. The sculpture was given to the museum in his memory by his daughter Yvonne Moretti.
A six-piece stemware set produced in 1939 by the Seneca Glass Company, Morgan-town, W.Va., will also be shown. This delicate and striking set was made of lead glass and cut in the company’s Number 870 cutting pattern. The pieces include a goblet, champagne, red wine, white wine, cordial and syrup. The set was purchased from the Seneca Company’s liquidation auction on November 1, 1984. It had been on exhibit in the company’s museum and was the original set displayed at the 1939 New York World’s Fair.
Wheaton Village is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm, in January and February; open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm, in March. For information, 856-825-6800.
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