Wistarberg decorated creeamer

Deep blue bottle glass with lead content from added cullet, pear shaped body, decorated with delicate horizontal threading around the upper neck and mouth, applied horizontal medial thread around waist, the lower body is gadrooned, what is sometimes refered to as "proto- Lily Pad", or "finger-gadrooning", applied solid round handle, applied conical foot, pontil scarred base.



 Attributed to the Wistarberg Glass Factory, Alloway, New Jersey, c. 1738-75, probably made sometine between 1769-1775.                                                                                                                                                              s

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 Sparkling Mint condtion!


David & Linda Arman; Charles Moore Americana; Robert Saxe collection

Price: $75,000.00

There is a blown glass cream bucket presently in The New Orleans Museum of Art  that exhibits the same decorative treatment as seen on the blue Wistar creamer. Originally from the collection of Melvin Bullip, the bucket appears in the special exhibition catalog of the Museum of American Glass at Wheaton village, titled "The Wistars and Their Glass 1739-1777, made of a clear tinted aqua metal, Fig. 25, Pg., 24, called a colorless sweetmeat or cream bucket.  



The creamer was tested at the Winterthur Museum Science Laboratory by Senior Scientist Jennifer Mass, using Spectrograph Analysis .Blue shards of similar  color excavated at Wistarberg were scientifically compared to the creamer. Other known Wistar objects were also used as a foundation for comparative analysis. The conclusion is Wistar positve, no easy accomplishment. Upon request,a copy of the report will be given to the buyer at the time of sale. In regard to the treatment used in decorating the creamer, this unusual style of gadrooning was first done in Great Britain and could possibly be traced to  the early 19th century, possibly the New England Glass Works.


The decoration is identical on both the blue creamer and Bullip clear bucket , its the same hand! The single medial thread is also present on both examples, a rare feature, as is the conical foot style. The variation in shape between he gadrooned leaf -like petals on each object are once again the same. There is yet another cream bucket in the Corning Museum, in blue, without decoration, that was handed down through the Wistar family, it once belonged to Caspar Wistar's granddaughter Sarah. The buckets are the only two Colonial American examples known.
This creamer is one of the more important discoveries made in 18th c American glass. It is the only other piece of Wistar glass known, beside the cream bucket, that features this rare and early style of gadrooning; extremely rare and important!!