Answered By: Rebecca Hopman Last Updated: Nov 28, 2016 Views: 26
Your glass piece appears to be a dessert tree with baskets, also called a dry sweetmeat tree or a sweetmeat pole with baskets. You can find a similar item in our collection (use our Glass Collection Search tool to search for "Dessert Tree with 7 Baskets").
Sweetmeat trees were used in Europe and America to hold desserts at the dinner table. The top dish would hold a preserved orange or other fruit, while the baskets could hold treats such as candied fruits, nuts, or candies like peppermints and lemon drops. These dishes came into fashion in Europe in the last part of the 18th century and continued to be made through part of the 20th century.
As a non-profit, cultural institution, The Museum cannot offer appraisal services. If you wish to determine the value of your glass piece, you may want to consult a reliable local antique dealer, or send a photograph of the object to a reputable auction house (see ArtNet’s directory of auction houses worldwide, http://www.artnet.com/auctionhousedirectory/index.aspx).
You can also find appraisers through several professional organizations: The American Society of Appraisers (phone) 1-800-ASA-VALU (online) http://www.appraisers.org; The Appraisers Association of America (phone) 212-889-5404 (online) http://www.appraisersassoc.org; and The International Society of Appraisers (phone) 312-224-2567 (online) http://www.isa-appraisers.org.
Your local library may have a subscription to
Maloney’s Antiques and Collectibles Resource Directory, which provides listings of appraisers by type of collectible.