December 3, 2016 — February 26, 2017
Suffused with cherries, ribbons, flowers, fluting, and frills in vibrant colors ranging from iridescent and opaque to transparent and glittering with silver and gold, art glass baskets are a feast for the eyes. Blown-glass baskets were produced in the United States between 1880 and 1905 encompassing the Victorian era. During this dawn of the Industrial Revolution, an economic boom increased the demand for decorative tableware, and the flamboyant, fanciful designs of art glass suited the eclectic decor of late-Victorian-era homes. This exhibition features a selection of glass baskets collected by Alice Richardson Yawkey, the mother of the Museum’s namesake, Leigh Yawkey Woodson.