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82nd & Fifth: OVER THE TOP by Beth Carver Wees

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Presented to Edward Dean Adams--who in the 1890s rescued the American cotton oil industry--this vase was meant to look like a cotton plant, complete with crystal blossoms on the handles. "It's not something for everyone, but in terms of its moment it's a star," says curator Beth Carver Wees.

Explore the process of creating the Adams Vase by looking at the artist's original drawings as well as photographs of the vase at various stages of completion.