American Decorative Arts Forum
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
7:15 – 8:00 PM
Koret Auditorium, de Young Museum
Admission : $10 SFDC Members and $15 Non Members
At age 17, he perfected inlaying enameling on buckles, the first of many acclaimed technological and entrepreneurial innovations. Another venture, with Ami Argand, produced a new type of lamp that gave brighter light without offensive smoke and smell. American customers for these attractive lamps included George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
Other innovations included toy making, manufacturing fused silver plate (Sheffield plate), dramatically increasing the output and efficiency, and a joint venture with James Watt, of the steam engine fame, which fundamentally changed factories and mining.
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