Doorknob

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Object Name: 
Doorknob
Accession Number: 
85.4.27
Dimensions: 
Overall Diam: 4.4 cm, L: 6.8 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
1824-1825
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Ellen D. Sharpe, by exchange
Web Description: 
Christian Gobrecht brought the manufacture of the enclosed ceramic portrait to this country from France. He was employed by the Bakewell firm to make the portraits. Samples were presented to Andrew Jackson and Dewitt Clinton, who had just pressed for the construction of the Erie Canal. During that year, Lafayette made his triumphal tour of the United States and visited the Bakewell glasshouse. No record survives to indicate whether he was presented with a tumbler with his portrait.
Provenance: 
Kaplan, Leo (d. 2013), Source
1985-05-13
Sharpe, Ellen D., Source
1985-05-13
Category: 
Primary Description: 
Colorless lead glass; molded, encased sulphide. Domed knob on tapered shank; enclosing a molded white sulphide of a man facing dexter, inscribed "GOBRECHT F." on the shoulder; mounted in a silvered metal collar, screwed onto a flat brass plaque at the back, with square, threaded shank and threaded iron rod, with circular nut.