Unknown maker, Façon de Venise, possibly the Glashütte of Sebastian Höchstetter1540 - 1560

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Although the Venetians tried to protect their monopoly of colorless cristallo (crystal) glass, issuing orders and threatening terrible punishments to workers who emigrated to the North, the manufacture of this glass spread to many parts of Europe in the 1500s. Consumers from all over Europe coveted the colorless cristallo, as it reproduced the brilliance and clarity of precious rock crystal. In 1534 in Hall, Austria, Emperor Ferdinand I opened one of the earliest manufactories producing façon de Venise 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. This goblet's flat foot and hollow stem imitate vessels produced in Murano fifty years earlier. But its body, molded in a pattern of drop-shaped protrusions painted in gold, white, and green, depends more on Germanic influences. Only traces of the paint remain, making it now impossible to guess the original design in gold or even to know how much of the goblet was covered.

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  • Title: Goblet
  • Creator: Unknown maker, Façon de Venise, possibly the Glashütte of Sebastian Höchstetter
  • Date: 1540 - 1560
  • Location Created: Hall, Austria
  • Physical Dimensions: 25.4 x 16.4 cm (10 x 6 7/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Free- and mold-blown colorless (purplish-gray) glass with gilding and cold painted and applied decoration
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Object Type: Goblet
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 84.DK.544
  • 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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