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Goblet (Roemer)

German, Rhineland
Glass, cold-painted, gilded
Overall: 9 1/4 × 6 in. (23.5 × 15.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Munsey Fund, 1927
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 521
The challenging size of this drinking beaker reveals the work of a master glassblower. It displays the medium’s admired qualities of transparency, malleability of shape, and capacity for surface decoration—here, delicate gold and probably oil-resin-painting. The Venetian-style glass shown nearby was sought after by princely collectors for display in their curiosity cabinets; this piece is more typical of the local Germanic glassmaking tradition. The northern European form—with a broad, hollow stem covered with relief dots, called prunts—prevented slippage as it was passed from one greasy-handed diner to another in a communal toast.

[Elizabeth Cleland, 2017]
Inscription: Inscribed: BIBITE EX HOC OMNE CUM LAETITIA 1608/ LAETIFICAT COR HOMINIS VINUM [trans.: Drink from this with supreme joy. /1608 /Wine makes joyful the heart of a man.]
Graf Hermann Gisbert Bochholtz (until 1917; sale, Kunsthaus Lempertz, Cologne, November 28–December 1, 1917, no. 951); Jacques Mühsam , Berlin (until 1927; sold to MMA)
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