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Glass, Room 131

Drinking Cup

1650 - 1675 (made)
Place Of Origin

This seventeenth-century drinking cup has an enamelled inscription in German. It is a poem referring to drinking and sexual intercourse. The shape of the cup possibly also has a sexual connotation as the texts on all known examples of this type refer to drinking and making love.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
enamelled and gilt
Brief Description
Drinking cup, clear brown glass with enamelled German text in white, Germany,1650-1699
Physical Description
Low drinking bowl in clear brown glass, with squashed sides. Ornamental bands and German text in white enamel and traces of gilding on the rim.
Dimensions
  • Height: 48mm
  • Greatest width width: 128mm
  • Depth: 78mm
Style
Marks and Inscriptions
Acker und pflüge/ waser und krüge/ Durstige Brüder/ Zechen und leiden/ Hering und Tonnen Münich undt Nonnen/ Huren u[nd] Buben/ Rettich und Rüben Hüner und hanen/ bleibe gespane (enamelled)
Gallery Label
Brown glass, incribed in white enamel
Object history
Bernal Collection
Production
Olga Drahotova was not certain, but Norbert Jopek considers inscription OK

Dieter Schaich (Munich) saw this piece on 8/9/2003 during the AIHV conference in London and pointed out that there are two similar pieces in the museum at Weimar.
Summary
This seventeenth-century drinking cup has an enamelled inscription in German. It is a poem referring to drinking and sexual intercourse. The shape of the cup possibly also has a sexual connotation as the texts on all known examples of this type refer to drinking and making love.
Bibliographic Reference
Anna-Elisabeth Theuerkauff-Liederwald , Venezianisches Glas der Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, Lingen 1994, p. 87, cat. 26-27In Coburg there are two emxamples of this type of drinking cup. The catalogue gives further references.
Other Number
2273 - Glass gallery number
Collection
Accession Number
1837-1855

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record createdDecember 13, 1997
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