Covered Filigrana Beaker (Stangenglas)

Object Details

Title:

Covered Filigrana Beaker (Stangenglas)

Artist/Maker(s):

Unknown

Culture:

Italian and/or German

Place(s):

Augsburg Germany Façon de Venise Germany Venice Veneto Italy (Place created)

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.