- Also known as
primary name: Tassie, James
- individual; ceramicist/glass worker/potter; designer; manufacturer/factory; British; Male
- Life dates
- No.4, the East side of Leicester Fields, London
- Scottish manufacturer of impressions of intaglio gems and of glass paste portrait cameos. Born near Glasgow; trained as a stonemason, learnt modelling; became assistant in 1763 to Henry Quinn, a physician in Dublin whose pastime was making imitation gems, and together they invented a vitreous paste for use in making imitations and impressions of such items. Moved to London in 1766. Commissioned by Catherine the Great to supply her with a complete collection of gem imitations; later employed Eric Raspe to catalogue his own collection which totalled over 15,000 items.
Trade card in Banks Collection (Banks,66.47) advertises "Jas. Tassie, No.4, The East side of Leicester Fields."
- DNB, vol. 16, q.v. James Tassie.
John Smith, 'James Tassie 1735-1799. Modeller in Glass', London 1995 (the best recent account)
John M. Gray, 'James and William Tassie. A biographical and critical sketch', London 1894 (reprinted 1974).
H. Merrillees, 'Catalogue of the Western Asiatic Seals in the British Museum: Cylinder Seals VI: Pre-Achaemenid and Achaemenid Periods', London 2005.