Cup, lid, knob, shaft and base of this magnificent vessel are made
of clear, masterfully cut rock crystal and are a supreme achievement
of medieval hardstone cutting. The outer sides of the high, conical cup
and the curved lid boast sixteen facets, while the knob, shaft and base
feature ten-sided faceting. The entire surface is decorated with round,
evenly arranged indentations. The individual parts are elegantly mounted
in gold to create a whole, giving the magnificent Burgundian cup its
graceful outline, culminating in a knob with shining pearls appearing
to spray from a fountain. On the gold setting around the base, mouth and lid as well as at the base of the richly decorative element on the lid are the personal emblems of Duke Philip the Good, i.e., the fire-steel and sparking flint as well as the small letter “e”, which is connected to its mirror image by a cord. The bands of the base and lid are filled alternately with precious stones and groups of pearls, while a cut-diamond configuration that was new at the time was used to create the heraldic lilies of the House of Valois, each of which consists of five diamonds.
The Burgundian Court Goblet came into French possession from the
estate of Charles the Bold. In 1570, along with the Saltcellar (“Saliera”)
by Benvenuto Cellini, the Michael’s Goblet and the Onyx Jug
(Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna), it was given as a present by King
Charles IX to Archduke Ferdinand II of Tyrol, who had represented the
French king at his marriage to an Austrian archduchess. © Masterpieces of the Secular Treasury, Edited by Wilfried Seipel, Vienna 2008


  • Title: The Burgundian Court Goblet
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1463/1467
  • Location Created: Brussels
  • Physical Dimensions: h46 cm
  • Inventory Number: KK 27
  • Type: goldwork
  • External Link: http://www.kaiserliche-schatzkammer.at/

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