Covered Filigrana Beaker (Stangenglas)

Object Details

Title:

Covered Filigrana Beaker (Stangenglas)

Artist/Maker(s):

Unknown

Culture:

Italian and/or German

Date:

1550 - 1600; mount about 1710 - 1712

Medium:

Free- and mold-blown colorless glass with lattimo canes, and applied decoration; silver-gilt mounts

Dimensions:

30.5 cm (12 in.)

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Engraved around the silver-gilt lip of this covered beaker are the German words SEI WILLKUMEN MEIN HAUS--SEZ AN UND TRINK AUS--TRAG FRID NIT HINAUS (Welcome to my house--put me to your lips and drink me dry--don't take contentment away). The beaker held a large quantity of beer that was often shared communally.

An Italian craftsman working either in Murano, a Venetian island, or in a German glasshouse made the delicate filigree glass beaker. Around 1685 a German silversmith in Augsburg added the silver-gilt mounts and the cover, topped with the figure of Judith holding the head of Holofernes.

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Bibliography

"Acquisitions/1984." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 13 (1985), p. 246, no. 193.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 3rd ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1991), p. 208.

Bremer-David, Charissa et al. Decorative Arts: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue of the Collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1993), p. 220, no. 382.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 4th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 246, ill.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 6th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 246, ill.

Wilson, Gillian, and Catherine Hess. Summary Catalogue of European Decorative Arts in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 227, no. 463.