Beaker (Kometenbeker)

Object Name: 
Beaker (Kometenbeker)

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Object Name: 
Beaker (Kometenbeker)
Accession Number: 
95.3.43
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 8.8 cm, Diam: 6.5 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
possibly 1600-1650
probably 1880-1970
Web Description: 
Vessels of this type are called comet-beakers because they are decorated with several blue or colorless applied decorations somewhat resembling comets as depicted on old prints. The association of these decorations with Halley's comet appears to be a late 19th century invention (Krueger, p. 34). The glass comets consist of a claw-like nucleus with a wavy, striated tail petering out obliquely downward to the left. The majority of these cylindrical beakers are fairly tall and slender; they are decorated either with three blue comets or four alternately blue and colorless ones. Comet-beakers were not luxury items, but made for everyday use.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Christie's, Amsterdam, Source
1995-06-14
Category: 
Material: 
Inscription: 
77 / 7-6-95
label
gummed on side
V Class 555
label
gummed on bottom
Vincent Claes-Olm
label
gummed on bottom
BP / 822
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gummed on bottom
1074 / 107
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gummed on bottom
22 / 589 (circular)
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gummed on bottom
Primary Description: 
Colorless with slightly grayish tint; blown, applied, pincered. Beaker of slightly grayish tint, the lower part applied with three spiraling turquoise waved bands with claw terminals, beneath an applied pincered band, the kick-in base also with a pincered band at the edge of the foot; unsigned.
The Corning Museum of Glass: A Decade of Glass Collecting 1990-1999 (2000) illustrated, pp. 16-17, #8, bottom, second from left; BIB# 65446
Recent Important Acquisitions, 38 (1996) illustrated, p. 232, #8; BIB# AI97737
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1995 (1996) illustrated, p. 4; BIB# AI95180