Notable Acquisitions: Goblet in “Monticello” Pattern

This goblet in the “Monticello” Pattern was one of six objects recently received by the Museum as a gift of Frederick Campbell Hovey.

Goblet in “Monticello” Pattern. Edwin W. Fuerst, Libbey Glass Company, Toledo, Ohio, 1940. Gift of Frederick Campbell Hovey. 2014.4.8.

Goblet in “Monticello” Pattern. Edwin W. Fuerst, Libbey Glass Company, Toledo, Ohio, 1940. Gift of Frederick Campbell Hovey. 2014.4.8.

The name and design of the “Monticello, 5700” pattern were inspired by the neoclassical architecture of Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home in Charlottesville, VA. A catalog in the Rakow Library’s collection, For the Bride: Modern American Glassware (1945), features the design: “The master designer Thomas Jefferson would have liked this stately pattern, as American in feeling as Monticello’s columns. […]” This goblet is part of the “Modern American” line produced by Libbey Glass Company in 1940. The Modern American series became the last handmade glass produced by Libbey.

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