Goblet with the Arms of Liechtenberg

Unknown1500 - 1530

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

This sturdy goblet, with its wide mouth, thick foot, and simplified decoration, was probably used for drinking beer and toasting. From the Middle Ages until the 1800s, many Europeans drank beer at breakfast, lunch, and dinner for its nourishing and healthy properties as well as for its taste.

The Liechtenbergs, a Bohemian family who traced their nobility back to the 1200s, put their enameled arms on this goblet.

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  • Title: Goblet with the Arms of Liechtenberg
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 1500 - 1530
  • Location Created: Façon de Venise, Southern Bohemia (probably), Czech Republic
  • Physical Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.2 cm (9 1/4 x 6 3/8 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Free-blown colorless (slightly pinkish-brown) glass with gold leaf and enamel decoration
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Goblet
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 84.DK.537
  • Inscription: Inscription: Arms, on the center of the bowl, in enamel, "or two ragged staves in saltire, sable"; the crest, "upon a cushion gules, tasseled or, a fish argent, in front of a panache of peacock's feather proper."
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum North Pavilion, Gallery N104
  • Department: Sculpture & Decorative Arts
  • Culture: Bohemian
  • Classification: Decorative Arts


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