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  • Place of origin:

    Bavaria (possibly, made)
    Baden-Württemberg (possibly, made)
    Hesse (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1655 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enamelled glass with a pewter mount

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Europe 1600-1815, Room 5, The Friends of the V&A Gallery, case CA1

The enamelled decoration on this tankards shows a man and woman either side of a badge with the tools of the trade of a glazier. The man is holding a goblet and the woman a bunch of flowers. We also find the name of the man, Hanns Gasman and the year '1655'. This decorative scheme (including badges of different types of trade) is quite common on German enamelled drinking glasses and it has been proposed that they were probably gifts at the wedding or an anniversary. The glass was then used by the family of Hanns Gasman, probably for communal drinking with visitors to his house, as was customary in Germany.

Physical description

Glass tankard with metal mount and lid, painted in enamels with a gentleman (holding a glass) pledging a lady (holding flowers), an inscription, date '1655' and a badge with tools of the glazier's trade, with initials 'HG'.

Place of Origin

Bavaria (possibly, made)
Baden-Württemberg (possibly, made)
Hesse (possibly, made)


1655 (dated)



Materials and Techniques

Enamelled glass with a pewter mount

Marks and inscriptions

HANNS GASMAN/ 1655/ Drinck mich aus unndt stürts mich umb daß ich Baltan einn andern komm/ HG (enamelled) and 'J C L' (engraved on the pewter lid).
Drink me empty and turn me over [so] that I will soon get another
The initials 'HG' on the badge with glazier's tools must refer to Hanns Gasman


Height: 254 mm, Width: 160 mm, Depth: 145 mm

Object history note

Bernal collection

Descriptive line

Tankard, glass with enamelled decoration with man and wife and a badge with glazier's tools. Pewter lid. Germany, probably Franconia, 1655

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

Cf. Das Glas - R. Schmidt, abb. 105
Axel von Saldern, German Enamelled Glass; The Edwin J. Beinecke Collection and Related pieces, Corning (NY) 1965, p. 136, fig 236 shows the 'Humpen' of the Meissen Glaziers Guild, dated 1668, showing similar tools.
pp. 125-144 for a discussion of family glasses etc.

Labels and date

Painted with a gentleman pledging a lady. []

Production Note

Probably made in Franconia




Glassblowing; Enamelling


ELISE; Glass; Drinking


Ceramics Collection

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