Knothe, Florian. “Depictions of
Glassmaking in Diderot’s ‘Encyclopédie.’” Journal of Glass Studies, vol. 51, Corning Museum of Glass, 2009, pp. 154–60. JSTOR, JSTOR,
Emphasizing that research on the plates is not as extensive as that on the text, Knothe focuses on the plates of glassmaking as found in the Encyclopédie and analyzes them through the lens of Diderot’s more scientific approach to the arts and crafts. Knothe has discovered that the coverage of glassmaking is very comprehensive, including more than fifty plates depicting and describing processes and tools. The text, almost exclusively anonymous, contains an impartial account of glassmaking and technological descriptions with comparisons between French and English productions, calling the latter more advanced. All in all, the plates, Knothe claims, fit within the general Encyclopedic goal to spread knowledge about specific, technical arts and instigate a communication between bourgeois and artisans.
Country of Publication: United States
Main Classification: Glassmaking, Plates
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