Calligraphic Wineglass

Object Name: 
Calligraphic Wineglass

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Object Name: 
Calligraphic Wineglass
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
79.3.306
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 12.8 cm; Rim Diam: 7.4 cm; Foot Diam: 7.8 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
1675-1699
Credit Line: 
Gift of The Ruth Bryan Strauss Memorial Foundation
Web Description: 
From the late 16th century, the art of calligraphy was highly developed in the Netherlands. In the late 1600s, a small group of artists working in and around the town of Leiden in the Northern Netherlands practiced calligraphy on glass. The inscription "Nequid nimis" (Nothing in excess) is a saying attributed to the Greek statesman Solon, and it frequently serves as a warning against excessive drinking.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Strauss Memorial Foundation, Ruth Bryan, Former Collection
1979
Color: 
Technique: 
Primary Description: 
Colorless glass with slight greenish tinge, chords and few bubbles; blown, diamond-point engraved. Round-based conical bowl with furnace-opened rim; short capstan, upper part formed as merese; hollow-blown inverted baluster; tall capstan, upper part formed as merese, into which the hollow knop has been drawn; blown, gently rising foot with infolded edge and rough pontil mark. Engraved on bowl in diamond-point calligraphy the inscription “Nequid nimis.”
Beyond Venice: Glass in Venetian Style, 1500-1750 (2004) illustrated, p. 239, fig. 10; BIB# 79761