Wineglass (or “Rummer”) Engraved with a Guillotine

Object Name: 
Wineglass (or “Rummer”) Engraved with a Guillotine

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Object Name: 
Wineglass (or “Rummer”) Engraved with a Guillotine
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 16.1 cm; Rim Diam: 11.1 cm; Foot Diam: 9.2 cm
On Display
about 1793
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. William Esty
Web Description: 
The violence of the French revolution, especially the execution of the royal family, caused horror throughout Europe.
Esty, Mrs. William, Source
Primary Description: 
Wineglass (or “Rummer”) Engraved with a Guillotine. Heavy clear lead glass; blown and engraved. Heavy solid sloping foot with rough pontil mark, stem consisting of a large spool wide in diameter at bottom part; ovoid bowl; the decoration shows the beheading apparently (see below) in the center in the guillotine, on the right a man still holding the string and on the farthest right another holding in his left hand a chopped off head from which a stream of blood flows; on the left a soldier with a sword in his right and pointing with his left hand towards the guillotine; between him and the machine the corpse of a deceased and behind him a man holding a cross; under the machine a basket from which blood streams. Apparently this illustrates the killing of an important person during the French Revolution.
A Touch of Glass
Explorers Hall, National Geographic Society 1995-02-15 through 1995-09-15
A Cup of Kindness
General Foods Collection Gallery 1984-02-01 through 1984-05-01