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Plaque

Plaque

  • Place of origin:

    Frantiskovy Lazne (possibly, engraved)
    Prague (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1839-1844 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Biemann, Dominik, born 1800 - died 1857 (engraver (inciser))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraved glass

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with Art Fund support

  • Museum number:

    C.5-1978

  • Gallery location:

    Glass, Room 131, case 27, shelf 2

Physical description

Biemann's portraits on glass reflect the interest in small portraits during that era. Throughout the summer months, he had a business in the spa town of Franzensbad and relied heavily on the trade of the visiting middle classes, including, Joseph Williams Blakesley who visited Europe betwen 1839-45. Signed "D. Biman F". Bought with assistance from Christie's Auction House and the N.A.C.F.

Place of Origin

Frantiskovy Lazne (possibly, engraved)
Prague (possibly, made)

Date

1839-1844 (made)

Artist/maker

Biemann, Dominik, born 1800 - died 1857 (engraver (inciser))

Materials and Techniques

Engraved glass

Marks and inscriptions

'D. Biman F'
D. Biemann, Franzensbad
Signature

Dimensions

Width: 9.6 cm maximum

Descriptive line

Plaque, Bohemia (Prague or Franzensbad), engraved by Dominik Biemann, 1841-1845

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Dominik Biemann's Dealings with the Dealer Steigerwald in Frankfurt am Main', F. Biemann, Journal of Glass Studies, New York, vol.X, 1968 'Gläser der Empire und Biedermeierzeit', G.E.Pazaurek, Leipzig, 1923 'Der Erste Glasschneider der Biedermeierzeit', G.E. Pazaurek, Kunst und Kunsthandwerk, Leipzig, 1921 'Dominik Biemann', Z.Pesatová, Journal of Glass Studies, New York, vol.VII, 1965.
Paul von Lichtenberg, "Glasgravuren des Biedermeier: Dominik Biemann und Zeitgenossen", (Exhibition catalogue: Graz/Dresden/Dusseldorf, 2004)
von Lichtenberg, Paul. The Biedermeier glass engraver Dominik Biemann (1800-1857). The Glass Circle Journal Vol.10 pp.77-89

Labels and date

Biemann's work on glass reflects interest in portraits during the first half of the nineteenth century. Throughout the summer months, he had a business in the fashionable spa town of Franzensbad and relied heavily on the trade of the visiting middle classes, including Joseph Williams Blakesley who visited Europe betwen 1839-1845. []
JOSEPH WILLIAMS BLAKESLEY

C.-a-b-1978

'American and European Art and Design 1800-1900'

Biemann belongs to the long and distinguished tradition of Bohemian glass engraving. His portraits on glass, which reflect the general interest in small portraits during that era, are outstanding in the their detail and perceptiveness. He spent his summers at the spa town of Franzenbad, engraving the visitors, and that is where he may have met his sitter, who was a member of the Apostles Club at Cambridge, a friend of Monckton Milnes and Alfred Tennyson.

Bought with the assistance of Christies's auction house and the N.A.C.F. [1987-2006]

Production Note

According to Paul von Lichtenberg, Munich (letter 17.8.1998 in Obj.Info file) Blakesley (6-3-1808 - 18-4-1885) visited Franzensbad in 1839, 1840 and 1841. On stylistic grounds, Von Lichtenberg suggests 1839 as date. Later he added that the F (not P) in the signature stands for Franzensbad.

Categories

ELISE; Glass; Portraits

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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