Beaker

about 1560 (made)
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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Medieval & Renaissance, Room 62, The Foyle Foundation Gallery
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This is an example of a monatsbecher (German for month beaker) which could be bought in sets of 12, one for each month of the year. This one is inscribed in German 'In January I drink good wine and need fine food for my pleasure'. The dining scene around the lip is an adaption of a woodcut for the month of January by the artist Hans Sebald Beham (1500-50). A detail of this frieze shows a maid servant warming her bottom in front of an oven. Beham's popular woodcuts illustrated the months using scenes of contemporary and mostly rural life. The frieze around the bottom of the beaker shows hunting scenes copied from prints by Hans Brosamer (1500-1554).


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Silver, parcel-gilt
Brief Description
Silver, Continental
Physical Description
Parcel-gilt silver beaker of flaring trumpet shape. The engraved frieze around the base shows hunters shooting ducks by a river, the frieze around the lip depicts an interior dining scene, the zodiac sign Aquarius and a cartouche containing an inscription in Gothic lettering. Two coats of arms engraved on the base.
Dimensions
  • Rim diameter: 9.60cm
  • Foot diameter: 6.20cm
  • Height: 9.50cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • In cartouche on the body engraved in Gothic script: ‘Im Jenner Drink Ich / Guetten Weinn / Brauch Kostlich Speiss / zur Wollust mein’ which translates as: ‘In January I drink good wine and need fine food for my pleasure'
  • On base: town mark for Strasbourg for 1534-67; maker’s mark a fleur de lys in a shaped shield with initials CG for Courakt Grenter
  • Two coats of arms engraved on the base, unidentified.
Object history
Purchased by the Museum in 1859.
Historical context
This is an example of a 'monatsbecher' (German for month beaker) which could be bought in sets of twelve, one for each month of the year, and often intended to be stacked one on top of the other when not in use.



This beaker is inscribed in German 'In January I drink good wine and need fine food for my pleasure'. The dining scene around the lip is an adaption of a woodcut for the month of January by the artist Hans Sebald Beham (1500-50). His series of woodcuts illustrating the months by scenes of contemporary and mostly rural life was a popular design source for goldsmiths. A detail of this frieze shows a maid servant warming her bottom in front of an oven. The frieze around the bottom of the beaker shows hunting scenes copied from prints by Hans Brosamer (1500-1554).
Summary
This is an example of a monatsbecher (German for month beaker) which could be bought in sets of 12, one for each month of the year. This one is inscribed in German 'In January I drink good wine and need fine food for my pleasure'. The dining scene around the lip is an adaption of a woodcut for the month of January by the artist Hans Sebald Beham (1500-50). A detail of this frieze shows a maid servant warming her bottom in front of an oven. Beham's popular woodcuts illustrated the months using scenes of contemporary and mostly rural life. The frieze around the bottom of the beaker shows hunting scenes copied from prints by Hans Brosamer (1500-1554).
Bibliographic Reference
Hernmarck, Carl. 2 vols., The Art of the European Silversmith 1430-1830, Sotheby Parke Bernet, London and New York, 1977, vol. 1, p. 86. [not a specific reference, but information about historical context]
Collection
Accession Number
6558-1859

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