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Goblet (Kelchpokal)

Unknown maker, Façon de Venise, possibly the Glashütte of Wolfgang Vitl, or of Sebastian Höchstetter1535 - 1555

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Although the Venetians tried to protect their monopoly of colorless cristallo glass, issuing orders and threatening terrible punishments to workers who emigrated to the north, its manufacture spread to many parts of Europe in the 1500s. In 1534, in Hall, Austria, Emperor Ferdinand I opened one of the earliest glasshouses to produce Venetian-style glass in Northern Europe. Wolfgang Vitl ran the workshop, employing both Venetian glassblowers and local craftsmen.

Vitl and his successor Sebastian Höchstetter produced vessels that are Italianate in shape but larger and sturdier than genuine Venetian products. Venetian vessels from half a century earlier influenced this goblet's form, but its pattern-molded knop is typical of mid-sixteenth-century glass from Hall.

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  • Title: Goblet (Kelchpokal)
  • Creator: Unknown maker, Façon de Venise, possibly the Glashütte of Wolfgang Vitl, or of Sebastian Höchstetter
  • Date: 1535 - 1555
  • Location Created: Hall, Austria
  • Physical Dimensions: 18.9 x 12.4 cm (7 7/16 x 4 7/8 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Free- and mold-blown colorless (purplish gray) glass with gilding
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Goblet
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 84.DK.542
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum North Pavilion, Gallery N104
  • Department: Sculpture & Decorative Arts
  • Culture: Austrian
  • Classification: Decorative Arts

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