Beaker with Madonna della Sedia

Object Name: 
Beaker with Madonna della Sedia

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Object Name: 
Beaker with Madonna della Sedia
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 12.5 cm, Diam: 9.2 cm
On Display
about 1835
Web Description: 
The scene on this beaker copies one of Raphael's most famous paintings, the Madonna della Sedia (1513), which is in the Palazzo Pitti in Florence, Italy. It is considered to be one of the most successful tondi (circular paintings) in the history of art. Anton Heinrich Pfeiffer (1801–1866) chose his first and middle names out of respect for his teacher, Anton Heinrich Mattoni (1779–1864), who presumably also had some influence on the best engraver of that period, Dominik Biemann (1800–1857). Pfeiffer's technical skills rivaled those of Biemann, but unlike Biemann, he specialized in religious scenes. Pfeiffer built a large workshop in the Bohemian spa town of Karlsbad. While most of the works related to him must be attributed to his assistants, the supreme quality of the engraving on our newly acquired beaker shows the hand of the master.
Kunst-und Auktionhaus Dr. Jurgen Fischer, Source
Engraved Base of chair spindle within the engraved scene.
Primary Description: 
Colorless glass; blown, yellow-silver stained, copper wheel engraved, cut. Cylindrical shape beaker that narrows slightly in the center with 10 convex cut panels on the body. The beaker is decorated with a yellow medallion with an image of the Madonna with Jesus and St. John the Baptist engraved in the center. There is a circular depression cut on the opposing side of the beaker.
Corning Museum of Glass 2005-05-19 through 2005-10-30
Recent Important Acquisitions, 47 (2005) illustrated, p. 225, #22; BIB# AI66969