Cream Pitcher Manufacturer: attributed to American Flint Glass Manufactory (American, 1764–1774)
Proprietor: Henry William Stiegel, American, 1729–1785


American Decorative Arts

On view, 1st floor, American Decorative Arts before 1900

With its cabriole legs, lion masks, and paw feet, this cream jug parallels silver and ceramic designs of the second quarter of the eighteenth century. It is attributed to Henry William Stiegel, a successful iron master who opened a glasshouse in Manheim, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, in 1764. Such American manufacturing ventures faced stiff competition from English and Continental imports. Stiegel was able to keep his glasshouse operating until 1774, aided by the nonimportation agreements of the late 1760s that removed fashionable English table glass from the market.


Mold-blown potash-lime glass


4 5/8 × 3 5/8 × 3 in. (11.75 × 9.21 × 7.62 cm)

Credit Line

Mabel Brady Garvan Collection

Accession Number



18th century


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.



Mrs. William B. (Margaret L.) Montague, Norristown, Pa., by 1929; by purchase to Francis P. Garvan, New York, 1929; by gift to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
  • American Art: Selections from the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2023), 68–69, no. 18, ill
  • John Stuart Gordon, "American Glass: The Collections at Yale," Antiques and the Arts Weekly (November 2, 2018), 30–31, ill
  • John Stuart Gordon, American Glass: The Collections at Yale (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2018), 9, 32, 34–35, 144, no. 10, ill
  • Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 120, ill
  • John Stuart Gordon, "Time in a Bottle," Antiques 185, no. 5 (September/October 2018), 90, ill
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creamers, utilitarian objects

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