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Weyses model book 1763

The model book by Ip Olufsen Weyse from 1763 

The Royal Most Gracious Patriotic Norwegian Glass Manufacturers' Products as far as Nøstetangens, Various Varieties and Models of White Red and Blue Glass Chrystal and other Composition, as well as Aas Green Glass Products are concerned. With each Blacks attached Piiser in Orginal Drawn. Copenhagen 1763, reissued in 1774.

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Ip Olufsen Weyse

Ip Olufsen Weyse was a signer, writer and stamp engraver by profession. His model books were prepared in Copenhagen in the years 1763 and 1774. Weyse's model books can be seen as the advertising catalogs of the time. They were prepared in several copies and were available to customers at department stores in Christiania, Drammen and Copenhagen as well as at commissioners in cities such as Bergen, Trondheim, Odense and Aalborg. All had original drawings and prices for the different products.

Weyse's model book is an important documentation of traditions and style within ornaments and utility objects. Here you will find model drawings of wine glasses, liquor glasses and beer glasses in various shapes, decanters and elaborate trophies, bishop's jugs, candlesticks and tobacco cans, a large number of models for pharmacy glasses as well as watch glasses and measuring glasses. From glass for ordinary household use, many shapes and sizes of jam jars, oil jugs, vinegar jugs and salt vessels were produced. From the glass cabin at Aas glassworks, first and foremost, different types of bottles produced in green glass were delivered.

Nøstetangen was the first Norwegian glassworks, founded in 1741, while Aas was founded in 1748. It was Fredrik VI who was behind the establishments, after glass production had been banned in Denmark as a result of the stresses such as industry caused on natural resources. Before this time, there was no tradition for glass production in Norway and the first time is considered the most important period in Norwegian glass history. The model book also tells something about technical development, price level and cultural and stylistic influence from the outside world.

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