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George Bontemps

(1801—1882)


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(b 1801; d 1882). French glassmaker. He was a director of the glassworks of Choisy-le-Roi from 1823 to 1848, when he went into political exile in England, where he joined Robert Lucas Chance's glassworks in Smethwick (near Birmingham). In Choisy-le-Roi he initiated the production of opaline (1827) and of filigree glass in the Venetian style (1839). In Smethwick he initiated the manufacture of specialized optical glass.

From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.

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