Sugar Bowl Manufacturer: Clevenger Brothers Glass Works (American, 1930–1999)


American Decorative Arts

On view, 3rd floor, Modern and Contemporary Art and Design

In 1930 the Clevenger brothers—Tom, Reno, and Allie—constructed a small furnace in their backyard in Clayton, New Jersey, in an effort to continue South Jersey’s long tradition of glassmaking. Their high-quality, understated work became wildly popular. Some critics at the time dismissed them as forgers of early American glass, but in hindsight it is apparent that the Clevengers reinvented and updated past forms. On this sugar bowl, for example, the small handles speak more to the strain of Neoclassicism popular in the 1930s than they do to nineteenth-century prototypes.


Blown soda-lime glass


4 × 5 1/8 × 3 3/4 in. (10.2 × 13.02 × 9.53 cm)

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Bequest of Doris M. Brixey, by exchange

Accession Number



20th 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.


  • John Stuart Gordon, American Glass: The Collections at Yale (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2018), 161, 244–45, no. 126.
  • "Acquisitions 2000," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2001): 153.

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