was born in 1848 and lived until1933. His family today operates the well
& CO of New York, known for t`s
jewelry and exquisite luxury items.
his youth his main interest was painting. He was a member of the National
Academy at the age of 23 - an accomplishment that has yet to have been
began experimenting with colored glass during the70`s of the 19th
century and soon thereafter completed stained glass windows for churches.
Already in this stage, he portrayed colored nature screens within
his windows, often allowing the glass to resemble plant forms.
Thomas Edison`s discovery of the electric light bulb, the artisticly designed
lampshade of glass was just a step away.
The construction of the lampshades was the same as of the stained glass windows. Glass cutting patterns were made from a drawing, thus allowing many glass parts to be cut. It was out of these pieces then, that the lamp shade was made.
The conecting of these single glass pieces was made possible by framing the edges of every piece with a thin copper foil, which was then soldered to the neighboring
copper foiled pieces.
This technique, combined with the linking approach made shades extremely stable, thus allowing us today to still see many of the old originals in museums of the United
States of America.
Dr. Hans-Peter Grotepass
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