Armorial Beaker

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Object Name: 
Armorial Beaker
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
57.3.108
Dimensions: 
H: 20 cm; D (rim): 9.2 cm, (base): 7.6 cm
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
1800-1899
Credit Line: 
Gift of Edwin J. Beinecke
Primary Description: 
Clear very bubbly glass; free-blown, enameled and gilded. Tall straight-sided beaker, slightly tapering downwards to slightly concave base without pontil mark; enamel decoration: on the obverse in multicolored enamel, the large coat of arms of the Elector of Saxony, on top and bottom: "I. G. D. 4 H. Z. S. I. C. B. E. u. W. C." (Johann George der vierte Herzog zu Sachsen, Julich, Cleve, Berg, Engern und Westfalen, Churfurst"; "Hofkellerey Dreszden 1693"; on the reverse a large multicolored and gilded star ornament accompanied by two smaller similar ornaments with spirals; the one has spirals and palmettes radiating from the gilded six-diamond leaf star; around bottom a band of white vertical dashes alternating with gilded diamonds, below rim a gilded band (partly rubbed off) accompanied by three rows of white beads.
Provenance: 
Beinecke, Edwin J. (d. 1957), Source
German Enameled Glass (1965) illustrated, p. 432, #155; p. 237; BIB# 18098