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On display at V&A South Kensington
Europe 1600-1815, Room 7, The Sheikha Amna Bint Mohammed Al Thani Gallery

Beaker

1600-1680 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This type of beaker was commonly used for beer. It was particularly popular in the Netherlands. Beakers of this shape were produced in different techniques and with different decorative details. This beaker is made of filigree glass in three colours. This involves picking up prefabricated opaque white and coloured canes onto a bubble of hot, colourless glass. This can then be further inflated and manipulated. Twisting the top and bottom of the bubble in opposite directions creates the spiral effect we can see on our glass. Fragments of this type of multi-coloured beaker have been excavated at the site of a 17th-century Amsterdam glasshouse, but they were probably also imported from Antwerp and Middelburg.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Filigree glass (a fili) in red, blue and white
Brief Description
Beaker, Northern Netherlands (possibly Amsterdam), 1600-1680
Physical Description
Conical colourless glass beaker with incorporated filigree canes in opaque white, red and blue glass, spirally twisted. Around the bottom a milled colourless glass band.
Dimensions
  • Height: 17.6cm (max.)
  • Maximum diameter: 10.6cm
Styles
Gallery Label
Beakers like this one were produced by the Amsterdam glassfactory at the Keizersgracht, in the 17th century.
Historical context
This type of beaker was commonly used for beer. It was particularly popular in the Netherlands. Beakers of this shape were produced in different techniques and with different decorative details.
Production
J.M.Baart, 'Herstellung und Gebrauch von Trinkgläser in Amsterdam (1580-1640), In: Spechtergläser, Glasmuseum Wertheim 1986, pp.55-87 According to Jan Baart March 1997, this is made by Soop and should therefore be dated: 1604-1620.

However, such beaker seem also to have been made in the 'Twee Rozen' [Two Rozes] glass-house on the Rozengarcht, which was active from 1657 to 1679.Gawronski et all, 2010
Summary
This type of beaker was commonly used for beer. It was particularly popular in the Netherlands. Beakers of this shape were produced in different techniques and with different decorative details. This beaker is made of filigree glass in three colours. This involves picking up prefabricated opaque white and coloured canes onto a bubble of hot, colourless glass. This can then be further inflated and manipulated. Twisting the top and bottom of the bubble in opposite directions creates the spiral effect we can see on our glass. Fragments of this type of multi-coloured beaker have been excavated at the site of a 17th-century Amsterdam glasshouse, but they were probably also imported from Antwerp and Middelburg.
Bibliographic Reference
Gawronsky, Jerzy et al., Glasafval op het achtererf: Archeologische Opgravingen Rozenstraat Amsterdam (2006): AAR (Amsterdamse Archeologische Rapporten) 50, 2010, pp. 85-87, shows fragments of similar beakers from a dump associated with the Two Rozes glass-house which opperated on the Rozengracht in Amsterdam between 1657 and 1679.
Other Number
8453 - Glass gallery number
Collection
Accession Number
1864-1855

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record createdDecember 13, 1997
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