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  • Place of origin:

    Bohemia (made)

  • Date:

    1592 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enamelled glass

  • Credit Line:

    W. H. Cope Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Glass, Room 131, case 13, shelf 2

Physical description

Painted with a scene from a fable, showing a jester and an owl playing a pipe. W. H. Cope Bequest

Place of Origin

Bohemia (made)


1592 (dated)



Materials and Techniques

Enamelled glass


Height: 17.1 cm, Width: 10.2 cm maximum

Descriptive line

Mug, blue glass, enamelled, Bohemia, dated 1592

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Cf. Ceske Sklo I for similar mug with fox and geese fable, Bohemian, dated 1592. Also illustrated in European glass - O. Drahotova

Labels and date

Painted with a scene from a fable, showing a jester and an owl playing a pipe. Cobalt was used from the 14th century to colour Bohemian glass. Christoph Schürer is credited with inventing the rich dark cobalt-blue glass produced on both the Saxon and Bohemian sides of the Ore Mountains from which the cobalt was mined. It was made in Bohemia mainly between about 1570s to 1620. []

Subjects depicted

Jester; Owl; Fable


ELISE; Glass


Ceramics Collection

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