Art Nouveau Dorflinger Honesdale “Rigoletto” pattern frosted, etched and gilded ginger jar, circa 1901-15. The frosted element of the jar has a slight iridescence, picking up rainbow hues of colour.
5 1/2” (14cm) high, 3 5/8” (9.2cm) diameter.
* Christian Dorflinger (1828-1915) was born in Alsace, France. At the age of 10 he apprenticed with an uncle at Cristalleries de Saint-Louis (Saint Louis Crystal) to learn the glassmaking trade. He emigrated with his family to the USA in 1846 and by 1852 he and his brother Edward had established a glass works in Brooklyn, NY. A year later the glassworks moved to Concord St., renaming the business Long Island Flint Glass Works. In 1860 a location was acquired in PA and a new factory was built, named the Greenpoint Flint Glass Works which was operational by 1865.
In 1861 the new company had the prestigious order of “rich cut and engraved glassware” with the US Coat of Arms for the Lincoln White House. The company expanded again into White Mills, PA, becoming the Wayne County Glass Works.
In 1901 a new subsidiary was added to the company, Honesdale Decorating Company, managed by Austrian Carl F. Prosch. Honesdale Decorating specialized in gold decorated table ware and cameo glass in the Art Nouveau style.
For the full story please refer to the article in the Journal of Antiques & Collectibles written by James K. Asselstine.