Blue Pitcher, c. 1880
Mary Gregory turquoise glass pitcher with rippled lip depicts a boy sitting in a tree. Except for the fruit on the ground and the clusters of fruit in the tree, the design is rendered in white. The pitcher has a sharp edge where the handle is applied and another one on the bottom where the pitcher was detached from the rod used in its production. These edges are consistent with handmade glass. 7.5W x 4.75D x 9.75T. From France.Historical Background Mary Gregory (1856-1908) was an American glass painter at the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She helped popularize glass painting and was particularly well known for her paintings of Victorian-era children. She used a white enamel paint with ground glass as a paint mixture. To bind the paint to the glass, the glass was fired after the paint was applied, fusing the piece so that the painting became part of the glass. She was inspired by Kate Greenaway's book illustrations.