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

Cream Pitcher

1769–74

Mold-blown potash-lime glass

4 5/8 x 3 5/8 x 3 in. (11.75 x 9.21 x 7.62 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
1930.1648
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.
Culture: 
American
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Containers - Glass
Geography: 
Made in Manheim, Pennsylvania
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

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.

Bibliography: 

John Stuart Gordon, “Time in a Bottle,” Antiques 185, no. 5 (September/October 2018): 90, ill.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 120, 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.

John Stuart Gordon, “American Glass: The Collections at Yale,” Antiques and the Arts Weekly (November 2, 2018): 30–31, ill.

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 such records is ongoing.