Standing Covered Filigrana Cup

Unknownglass 1550 - 1625; mount 1615 - 1625

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

German collectors prized the delicate "twisted-thread" decoration of this covered cup and ordered silver-gilt mounts to accentuate and protect its edges. One of only two known mounted examples of this shape, this rare covered cup seems to have been made in Murano and exported to Germany to be mounted there later.

The German mountmaker, who specialized in elaborate mounts for writing boxes, jewelry cases, and clocks but worked on few glass vessels, placed his punch mark on the cover's metal lip. The mark indicating that the cup was produced in the city of Augsburg between 1615 and 1625 is set beside the maker's mark.

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  • Title: Standing Covered Filigrana Cup
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: glass 1550 - 1625; mount 1615 - 1625
  • Location Created: Germany
  • Physical Dimensions: 21.4 cm (8 7/16 in.)
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Free- and mold-blown colorless glass with lattimo canes; silver-gilt mounts
  • Source Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Signature: Stamped on the edge of the lip mount, a tree on a mount (unknown maker's mark).
  • Object Type: Cup
  • Object Status: Permanent Collection
  • Number: 84.DK.514
  • Markings: Markings: On the edge of the lip mount, stamped, a pinecone for the city of Augsburg and a tree on a mount, the maker's mark of Mattäus Wallbaum. The mount finial displays a female figure holding two shields with German coats of arms.
  • Display Location: Currently on view at: Getty Center, Museum North Pavilion, Gallery N104
  • Department: Sculpture & Decorative Arts
  • Culture: Italian and/or German
  • Classification: Decorative Arts