The American romance with cut glass in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries speaks to the gilded age appreciation of the decorative arts in its most elegant and intricate forms. At the turn of the twentieth century, sparklingly beautiful pitchers, punchbowls, compotes, and platters appealed to the American taste for increasingly complex design and ornamentation. An eager American market encouraged ever more spectacular cut-glass works by increasingly inventive artisans.
American cut glass came to be appreciated worldwide for its unique white clarity and the remarkable depth and precision of its diamond cuts. Unlike pressed glass, which is formed in molds, cut glass is blown by artisans and then cut on lathes-a time-consuming process, but one that yielded wares that still captivate to this day.