Four Covered Goblets Engraved with the Four Continents

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Four Covered Goblets Engraved with the Four Continents

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Object Name: 
Four Covered Goblets Engraved with the Four Continents
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Each Overall H: 44.0 cm; Foot Diam: 16.5 cm
Not on Display
about 1710-1725
Web Description: 
This set comes from the property of the princes of Oettingen-Wallerstein, a family documented in Germany since 1141.
Rudigier-Ruckert, Gertrud, Source
Primary Description: 
Four Covered Goblets Engraved with the Four Continents. Colorless, with purplish tinge. Blown, cut, engraved. Four goblets, each with bell-shaped bowl with rounded and faceted base. Stem consists of faceted inverted baluster between faceted flattened knops and mereses. Blown flat foot with rough pontil mark. Domed cover with folded rim and inset brim, top faceted as rosette, with finial in middle. Finial, faceted and shaped like pine cone, on merese, capstan, and faceted flattened knop. Foot is engraved with matte ring at rim. On each bowl, set into approximate circle, engraved personification of a continent: (1) “Africa,” reclining nude female with sparse drapery and parasol, with bow and quiver in front of her; in background, lions, elephants, and nude family in front of tent and little town; (2) “America,” with Indian king sitting in front of palm tree and holding parrot in his left hand; in background, two naked Indians attacking alligator with bow and spear; ( 3 ) “Asia,” in richly folded garment, wearing turban and sandals, with Saracen sword in front; in background, hilly landscape with two camels and two Orientals; and ( 4 ) “Evropa,” crowned female holding large cornucopia, with armor in front and shepherd, horses, and cows in landscape that includes steep mountains as well as seacoast.
Glass of the Alchemists: Lead Crystal-Gold Ruby, 1650-1750 (2008) illustrated, pp. 288-291, #111; BIB# 103865