Covered Filigrana Beaker (Stangenglas)
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German or Italian, Murano, 1550 -1600, mount about 1710 - 1712
Free-blown and mold-blown colorless glass with opaque white (lattimo) canes, applied decoration and silver-gilt mounts
H: 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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