Friday, May 12, 2017

Evolution of the Goblet

Perhaps no other Madonna Inn signature item is as highly prized as our goblets. Throughout the years, these multi-colored glass chalices have become a favorite among guests, locals, and interior designers alike for their classic beauty and cheerful charm. You may be surprised to know, however, that they were not always a staple at Madonna Inn.



In the Inn's early years, the tables were set with a more generic style of glass tumbler - much like the ones from this vintage Viking catalog.




It wasn't until the mid-1970s that Mr. and Mrs. Madonna found a "Flat Rose" design from the LG Wright Glass Company which better complimented the Inn's whimsical interior design. A little over a decade later, Mr. Madonna decided to get a custom-made goblet made that would better match the signature rose carpeting in the restaurants. (Fun Fact: the carpets were designed by a former artist from Disney!) Since then, the design used for our molds has been trademarked, and is officially called the "Madonna Rose." These goblets are thicker and more smooth than their earlier counterparts.

Left: Flat Rose || Right: Madonna Rose
Left: Flat Rose - simple leaves on bottom of glass || Right: Madonna Rose - rose buds on bottom of glass

Left: Flat Rose - sharper edges on flowers and lower profile || Right: Madonna Rose- rounded roses and 3-D form
Today, our goblets are made by Mosser Glass: a family owned-and-operated company out of Cambridge, Ohio. We enjoy knowing that their family takes just as much pride in the making of these goblets as we do.


 Visit our website or any of our on-site shops to browse different "Madonna Rose" colors and sizes. Cheers!



6 comments:

  1. I learn something new everyday.. Thanks!

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  3. I believe my grandmother (Alice Turney) took part in the design of the Madonna Inn in some way. I was born in 1971, and I was told that she also worked for Disney Studios as a background artist. I have two amber goblets and one red one. They have "Madonna Inn" on the the rim in BOLD lettering.

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    1. Hello. I learned from our GM that your grandmother painted the beautiful murals in our Garden Room, as well as an "Easter Egg" horse trailer that was used by the Madonna family for many years!

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  4. Hi Audrey:
    Loved the article (& the photos). I was working on a post about our visit to the Madonna Inn and its glassware (https://wordpress.com/post/hakallyimages.com/239) and came across your article. I'm a (totally nerdy) IP attorney and wasn't able to find the USPTO trademark registration for the glassware. Do you know if it is registered with the Patent & Trademark Office? Thanks again for your great article!
    Sarah

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    1. Hi Sara, and thanks for stopping by! I will have to ask around and look into that.

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