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

04/08/2013 10:22 am ET | Updated Jun 08, 2013

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.