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Covered Filigrana Beaker (Stangenglas)
Italian and/or German
Façon de Venise Germany Venice Veneto Italy Augsburg Germany (Place created)
1550 - 1600; mount about 1710 - 1712
Free- and mold-blown colorless glass with lattimo canes, and applied decoration; silver-gilt mounts
30.5 cm (12 in.)
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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