The words "museum quality" are oft misused but in this instance the term is certainly appropriate. The Cheshire County (NH) Historical Society owns the only other known Stoddard lily pad of comparable size and execution. Other, larger pitchers by the same hand are recorded but they do not rise to the artistry and visual tension of these more compact objects. The pitcher is the work of Matthew Johnson, the most highly regarded "folk art" glassblower of the 19th century. When found a piece had been broken away from the rim. That piece and several cracks have now been professionally stabilized and the piece displays beautifully. It is worth noting that the Cheshire example is also damaged, as are all of the small number of larger pitchers in private hands.
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