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Colnet Family Genealogical Record

 Collection — Box: 01
Identifier: MS-0236

Scope and Contents

This late 17th century manuscript traces the genealogy of one of the foremost families of Belgian glassmaking. In it, the "gentleman glassmaker" Jacques de Colnet attests to the noble lineage of the Colnet family, also known as the de Colnet or de Colinet family. The family's status as master glassmakers and its exemption from bourgeois taxation are traced back to the mid-15th century. The bulk of the manuscript is dated 1692; a 1698 addendum describes a marriage postdating the manuscript, which was signed and certified in the city of Liege.


  • Creation: 1692
  • Creation: 1698


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in French.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for public research. Researchers must make an appointment to view the collection.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

The first documented glassmaker of the Colnet family was Jehan Colnet of Liege, who died in 1479. The family established the Quiquengrogne Glassworks in ThiƩrache, on the border of France and Belgium. Various family members worked in Flemish glass production through the late 18th century.


1.3 Linear Feet (1 flat box)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Anonymous gift.

Accession 2021.007

Processing Information

Processed by Colleen McFarland Rademaker in 2021.

Colnet Family Genealogical Record, 1692, 1698
A Guide to the Collection
Colleen McFarland Rademaker
September 9, 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the The Rakow Research Library Manuscript Collection Repository

The Rakow Research Library
The Corning Museum of Glass
Five Museum Way
Corning NY 14830 USA