John Frederick  Amelung / Candlestick / c.  1790John Frederick Amelung
c. 1790

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Creator Name: Amelung John Frederick
Creator Nationality: American, Maryland, New Bremen
Creator Role: Artist
Creator Dates/Places: 1785 - 1795
Creator Name-CRT: John Frederick Amelung
Creator Name: New Bremen Glassmanufactory
Creator Role: Maker
Creator Name-CRT: New Bremen Glassmanufactory
Title: Candlestick
View: Side
Creation Start Date: 1780
Creation End Date: 1800
Creation Date: c. 1790
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Glass
Materials and Techniques: Blown and tooled glass
Dimensions: 7- 3/4 x 3-15/16 x 3-15/16 in. (19.7 x 10.0 x 10.0 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 2001.110
Credit Line: Gift of the Decorative Arts Council, by exchange
Context: Glass made at John Frederick Amelung's manufactory ranged from the more common tumblers and goblets to elaborate sugar bowls and candlesticks, of which this example is the only intact Amelung candlestick known to exist. The whimsical bird-like terminals of the stem were formed through the skillful shaping of glass. Amelung was the first American glass manufacturer of refined tablewares and his designs were unparalleled in the United States. He became a shrewd businessman by offering his glass to American dignitaries, such as President George Washington, in the hope of gaining financial and political support for his business.
AMICA ID: MIA_.2001.110
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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