Cigar Band Bowl


Cigar Band Bowl

Unknown Maker
Cigar Band Dish, c. 1910–20
cigar bands, glass dish, red felt
Museum Purchase, through the Illinois State Museum Society with funds provided by Lockport Gallery patrons

Cigar bands were a colorful, plentiful and easily collected material used to embellish common objects, particularly glassware. The bands—twenty-five of them used here—were usually pasted to the back side of the chosen glass object and covered with felt for protection. 

The technique was simple, but the effect varied with the compositional skills of the maker. This process is directly linked to a Victorian era craze called potichomanie that simulated highly prized but cost-prohibitive, hand-painted porcelain vases. Paper motifs were applied to the interior of a clear glass vase, followed by white paint.

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