Base for covered butter dish

Base for covered butter dish
Title
Base for covered butter dish
Date 
ca. 1890
Medium 
Glass
Dimensions 
Overall: 3/4 x 3 1/2 in. ( 1.9 x 8.9 cm )
Description 
Colorless (with slight amethyst tint) pressed glass base for covered butter dish (from toy sets); circular form with scalloped edge; deep curved rim and nine-sided well; sunburst with leafy points, in well; along interior rim, frieze of figures, working and playing, in a garden setting: one figure is walking behind a hoop, another holding a drum, another walking behind a pig, and another holding a spade and trowel aloft; fences, trees, and a row of 3 scarecrows complete the scene (Lee-Rose 895).
Credit Line 
Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair
Object Number 
1940.442
Gallery Label 
While miniature glass objects (such as plates or salts) were long assumed to have been salesmen's samples produced in small sizes, no evidence has appeared to support that hypothesis. Jane Spilman states that "we may be fairly certain that they are, in fact, children's toys produced to use with doll houses or simply with dolls." (See Publications)
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group