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Flask

Flask

  • Place of origin:

    Bohemia, Czech Republic (made)

  • Date:

    1720-30 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Preissler, Ignaz, born 1676 - died 1741 (enameller)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Clear, colourless glass, mouldblown and cut, with enamelled decoration

  • Museum number:

    C.338-1936

  • Gallery location:

    Glass, room 131, case 51

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This bottle is one of two bottles form the same set in the V&A. Other pairs or single bottles of this type with decoration attributed to Ignaz Preissler are known. Most have similar mythological scenes with naked or scantily clad figures, often combined with a Rhine landscape on the back. Ignaz Preissler was an independent decorator of porcelain and glass. He used a small range of low-firing enamel colours on blanks he derived from different sources. This type of bottle was used for spirits. An even number of such bottles would fit in wooden box or 'cabinet', each bottle containing a different type of spirit.

Physical description

Octagonal glass flask, mould-blown and cut, with enamelled decoration of a bacchanalian scene in black, purple, yellowish brown and red. On the back a town by a river taken from a drawing showing Bingen-on-the Rhine by Wenzel Hollar. Painted insects on the shoulders and on the base.

Place of Origin

Bohemia, Czech Republic (made)

Date

1720-30 (made)

Artist/maker

Preissler, Ignaz, born 1676 - died 1741 (enameller)

Materials and Techniques

Clear, colourless glass, mouldblown and cut, with enamelled decoration

Dimensions

Height: 184 mm, Width: 95 mm, Depth: 73 mm

Object history note

Wilfred Buckley Collection

Historical context note

This type of bottle was used for spirits. A number of such bottles would fit in wooden box or 'cabinet', each bottle containing a different type of spirit.

Descriptive line

Glass flask with enamelled decoration in black, purple, yellowish brown and red by Ignaz Preissler, Bohemia, 1720-30

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

A. Mueller-Hofstede, Der Schlesisch-Boehmische Hausmaler Ignaz Preissler, Keramos, 100 (1983), pp. 14-19, fig. 18-19
R. Liefkes, Glaswerk uit drie Utrechtse kastelen, Oud Zuilen 1989.pp. 69-71, for another example of such a flask in Castle-Museum Sypesteyn and discussion of the V&A flasks.
A. McConnell, The decanter: An Illustrated History of Glass from 1680, Woodbridge, 2004, p. 128, fig. 183 for another pair.

Materials

Glass

Techniques

Enamelling; Cutting; Glassblowing

Categories

Glass; Drinking

Collection code

CER

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