Made by New Bremen Glass Manufactory / Goblet / 1788Made by New Bremen Glass Manufactory

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Creator Name: New Bremen Glass Manufactory
Creator Role: Maker
Creator Dates/Places: 1787-1795
Creator Name-CRT: Made by New Bremen Glass Manufactory
Title: Goblet
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1788
Creation End Date: 1788
Creation Date: 1788
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Glass, blown--cut and engraved
Materials and Techniques: blown glass
Dimensions: 11 1/4 in. H. (28.6 cm H.)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 28.52 a,b
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1928

German glassmaker John Frederick Amelung opened a glasshouse in western Maryland in 1787, reponding to Americans desire for economic independence from Britain and the need to develop domestic manufactures. Within a few years he was producing a variety of window glass, bottles and tablewares at his New Bremen factory. Some of Amelung's products feature elaborate engraved decoration in the Germanic style. This example is both signed by the factory and is the earliest dated example known. Engraved with the arms of Bremen, Germany, and the inscription, 'Old Bremen Success and the New Progress / New Bremen Glassmanufactory 1788 North America State of Maryland,' this goblet, or 'pokal', was found in Germany and may have been presented by Amelung to his German investors as a triumphant toast to his successful American glass factory.

AMICA ID: MMA_.28.52a,b
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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