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Sugar bowl

Wood and Hughes (1845–99)
Made in New York, New York, United States
9 1/16 x 6 1/4 in. (23 x 15.9 cm)
Credit Line:
Friends of the American Wing Fund, 2006
Accession Number:
2006.90.3a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 706
Presented to Christian Dorflinger upon his retirement from the Long Island Flint Glass Works in 1863, this service (2006.90.1-4) is ornamented with meticulously chased scenes of the glassworks itself. The sugar bowl is ornamented with an image of the exterior of the factory building. The finials, cast in the form of glassblowers, also reference Dorflinger’s trade. Dorflinger was one of the most successful nineteenth-century American glassmakers, operating several factories in Brooklyn before his retirement. He later established a thriving glasshouse in White Mills, Pennsylvania. The Museum has two important glass items from Dorflinger's Brooklyn period: an 1859 presentation vase (1988.391.1) and an 1861 compote (1972.232.1) made for President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln.
Marking: [marked on underside]: WwH
Christian Dorflinger, 1863; his daughters, Nellie Jane and Katharine Louise Dorflinger; their niece, Isabel Lambert Dorflinger, Camden, Maine, until 1988
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