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Drinking cup

Drinking cup

  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1650 - 1675 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    enamelled and gilt

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Glass, Room 131, case 73, shelf 3

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.

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.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


1650 - 1675 (made)

Materials and Techniques

enamelled and gilt

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
Fields and ploughs/ water and jugs/ thirsty brothers/ tippling and suffering/ herrings and barrels/ monks and nuns/ whores and babies/ radishes and turnips/ cocks and hens are always coupled together


Height: 48 mm, Width: 128 mm greatest width, Depth: 78 mm

Object history note

Bernal Collection

Descriptive line

Drinking cup, clear brown glass with enamelled German text in white, Germany,1650-1699

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

In Coburg there are two emxamples of this type of drinking cup. The catalogue gives further references.
Anna-Elisabeth Theuerkauff-Liederwald , Venezianisches Glas der Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, Lingen 1994, p. 87, cat. 26-27

Labels and date

Brown glass, incribed in white enamel []

Production Note

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.




Glassblowing; Enamelling; Gilding


Glass; Drinking


Ceramics Collection

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