Biemann, Dominik


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(b Harrachsdorf, 1 April 1800; d Eger, 29 Sept 1857). Bohemian glass-engraver. He was the son of a carpenter and patternmaker at the Harrachsdorf glassworks and received his training as a glass-engraver at the Nový Svět glassworks on the estate of the counts of Harrach. He worked for the wholesale glass dealers Muttoni and Steigerwald, but spent his summers in the spa town of Franzenzbad (now Františkovy Lázně) in western Bohemia, where he depicted landscapes, hunting scenes and mythological and religious scenes on glasses and cups for affluent guests. In 1826 he tried for the first time a tiefschnitt (deep-cut) portrait and soon became an outstanding master of this technique. Biemann travelled for portrait commissions to Gotha and Coburg (1830-31), Berlin (1834) and Vienna (1839-40), where he executed profile portraits of members of the different ruling houses and the court entourage, an example of which is a beaker with a portrait of Duke Ernst I von Saxe-Coburg-Gotha (Coburg, Veste Coburg). Most of the several hundred glasses and plaques on which Biemann is known to have worked are unsigned, so very little of his work can be identified with confidence. One of his brothers, Vincenz Biemann (1811-48), was also a glass-engraver, and a cup with a lid decorated with a representation of Apollo and the Muses (Berlin, Tiergarten, Kstgewmus.) has been attributed to him.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

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