Maker: Possibly Bohemian
Material: Red Case Glass
Year: ca. 1860
Size: H. 16", W. 10.25"


2014.05.76 EL The Mr. and Mrs. Franck H. Kaiser, Sr. Collection

Originally one of a pair, this unusually large case glass vase is commonly known as Bohemian glass. Today, Bohemia is a region of the Czech Republic, an area long known for the production of fine glass. The process to produce such glass was first developed in the 1600’s, remaining extremely popular throughout the entire 19th century. The deep red color exhibited in this vase, was by far the most popular of multiple colors produced. By the end of the eighteenth century colored case glass was produced across Europe. A royal patent for case glass was granted to William Peckitt of York, England in 1780. American glass companies beginning in the mid-19th century competed with European companies by developing their own versions of case glass.


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The architecture of Belmont Mansion makes it one of the most significant homes of 19th century Tennessee.

Sold by the Acklen family in 1887, the house went to a developer who began one of Nashville’s early suburbs.

It was then purchased by two women who in 1890 started a college which evolved into Belmont University. Today the Belmont Mansion Association, which was formed in 1972, owns the collection, runs the museum, and shares this unique story of 19th century Nashville with visitors from far and near.

Photos by Ed Houk