Goblet

1586 (made)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Glass, Room 131
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Jacopo Verzelini was the first Venetian glassmaker to set up a successful glasshouse in Britain, at Crutched Friars in London. This superb goblet can be attributed to Verzelini’s glasshouse because of its diamond-point engraved inscription and date. The inscription ‘God Save Qyne [Queen] Elisabeth’ is accompanied by the date ‘1586’ and the initials ‘RP’ and ‘MP’, which probably refer to its original owners.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Glass, with mould-blown stem, trailed decoration, diamond-point engraving and gilt
Brief Description
Goblet, clear glass with trails and diamond-point engraving, made by Jacob Verzelini the Elder and engraved by Anthony de Lysle at Crutched Friars Glasshouse, London, England, 1550-1600
Physical Description
Goblet with trailed decoration and engraved with diamond-point with initials which may stand for Roger and Maud Puleston of Emral, who celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in 1586. Inscription: "God Save Qyne Elisabeth"RP" "MP" "1586".
Dimensions
  • Height: 16.8cm
  • Maximum width: 12.7cm
Styles
Marks and Inscriptions
'GOD SAVE QVYNE ELISABETH' 'RP' 'MP' '1586' (decoration)
Gallery Label
  • The initials engraved on the goblet may stand for Roger and Maud Puleston of Emral, who celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in 1586.
  • Treasures of the ROyal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts and the Russian Tsars label text: Goblet 1550–1600 The career of the courtier Jerome Bowes illustrates the close relationship between diplomacy and trade. As well as being an ambassador to Moscow, he had close links to English glass manufacture. Venetian-style drinking glasses such as this one were much admired in Tudor England, and Bowes financed their production in London. London Probably made by Jacob Verzelini the Elder and engraved by Antony de Lysle for Crutched Friars Glass House Clear glass V&A C.226-1983
Credit line
Given by the Secretary of State of Education and Science
Production
dated 1586
Summary
Jacopo Verzelini was the first Venetian glassmaker to set up a successful glasshouse in Britain, at Crutched Friars in London. This superb goblet can be attributed to Verzelini’s glasshouse because of its diamond-point engraved inscription and date. The inscription ‘God Save Qyne [Queen] Elisabeth’ is accompanied by the date ‘1586’ and the initials ‘RP’ and ‘MP’, which probably refer to its original owners.
Bibliographic References
  • See also Ceramics and Glass Collection Object Information File
  • Doran, Susan (ed.), Elizabeth: The Exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, London: Chatto & Windus, 2003
Other Number
9854 - Glass gallery number
Collection
Accession Number
C.226-1983

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record createdDecember 13, 1997
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