Goblet with the Arms of Bregenz and of Local Patricians

Unknownafter 1621 - about 1635

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Three rows of seven shields engraved in diamond-point cover the surface of this goblet. One shield is engraved with the arms of the city of Bregenz, Germany, while the rest bear the arms of prominent citizens or Bürgersof the city. For example, one shield belonged to the Deuring family, whose members served on the town council and as imperial court councilor to Ferdinand II of Austria.

Diamond-point engraving on glass vessels was a popular technique in the late 1500s and 1600s, particularly throughout central Europe, the Netherlands, and Italy. The technique originated in Italy, then spread north of the Alps with immigrant craftsmen. In central Europe, diamond-point patterns usually appear with gilding and enameled decoration. This is an exceptionally rare example of a plain, elegantly engraved goblet.

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  • Title: Goblet with the Arms of Bregenz and of Local Patricians
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: after 1621 - about 1635
  • Physical Dimensions: 27.3 x 11.6 cm (10 3/4 x 4 9/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Free-blown colorless (slightly grayish-brown) glass with diamond point engraving
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Goblet
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 84.DK.551
  • Inscription: Secondary Inscription: Arms: In three rows across the surface of the vessel twenty-one shields, seven per row, several blank, not all numbered, engraved in diamond-point,(unnumered) patchwork of pelts, a pale ermine"; (1) "a swan with wings open"; (2) quarterly one and four on a mount a lion rampant holding a gem ring and two and three on a pale three bezants"; (3) an ox rampant armed"; (4) a pale three trees"; "(5) issuant from a mount vert, a cross between two arms, vested each holding a stone"; "(6) quarterly one and four, a rose and two and three lozengy in bend sinister', on an "inescutcheon and a pale' the lettering SMD in pale, sable"; "(7) a gem ring"; "(8) an ox armed"; "(9) a stag standing profile"; "(10) flanking a tree a goat rampant and a man"; (11) as 2; (12) as 7; "(13) quarterly one and four bendy with tree and two and three a chevron with three bezants"; "(14) a shield tripart the florettes"; (15) as 2 and 11; "(16) Forstmarke MS"; "(17) Hausmark IGH"; "(18) a crescent between three mullets"; (19) blank; (20) blank.
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum North Pavilion, Gallery N104
  • Department: Sculpture & Decorative Arts
  • Culture: German
  • Classification: Decorative Arts


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