Cone Beaker

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Object Name: 
Cone Beaker
Accession Number: 
66.1.247
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 23.2 cm; Rim Diam: 9.9 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
425-599
Web Description: 
When the Roman Empire collapsed, tastes in glass changed. In areas dominated by the Franks, simpler shapes and decorative styles prevailed. Cutting, engraving, and enameling disappeared. The most sophisticated techniques that survived were performed at the furnace. A cone beaker demonstrates that unsophisticated techniques can produce outstanding results. The horizontal trailing below the rim and the looped threading toward the bottom provide a contrast that complements the form of the glass, which rises sharply from a narrow base and then spreads out gradually toward the top. This object was found in England, but the quality of its workmanship and the find-places of similar pieces show that it was made in Germany or the Low Countries. The form of the cone beaker probably reflects Frankish drinking habits. An emptied glass was immediately taken from the guest and refilled. It often had a vestigial foot - or no foot at all.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Arthur Churchill (Glass) Ltd., Source
Category: 
Color: 
Material: 
Primary Description: 
Olive green glass; free blown, applied trailings.
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass
Changing Exhibitions Gallery
The Fragile Art: Extraordinary Objects from The Corning Museum of Glass
Venue(s)
Park Avenue Armory 2009-01-23 through 2009-02-01
The 55th Annual Winter Antiques Show
 
The illustrated encyclopedia of glass (2011) illustrated, p. 56; BIB# 128671
Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants (2010) illustrated, pp. 106-107, #9; BIB# 115588
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, Volume Two (2001) illustrated, pp. 149-150, pl. 667; BIB# 58895
Beauty of Glass (2000) illustrated, p. 98; BIB# 77736
Seasons Greetings from Sherry-Lehmann (1990/11) illustrated, p. 3; BIB# 90994
A Short History of Glass (1990 edition) (1990) illustrated, p. 32, #25; BIB# 33211
Masterpieces of Glass: A World History From The Corning Museum of Glass (1990) illustrated, pp. 58-59, pl. 21; BIB# 33819
Special Report: The Corning Glass Center (1985) p. 15;
A Short History of Glass (1980 edition) (1980) illustrated, p. 32, #24; BIB# 21161
English Glass (1967) illustrated, pl. 3; BIB# 25346
Recent Acquisitions of Glass by The Corning Museum of Glass (1967) illustrated, pp. 590-591; BIB# AI84675
Recent Important Acquisitions, 9 (1967) illustrated, pp. 134-135, #11;
Highly Important Egyptian, Western Asiatic, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities (1966-06-13) illustrated, lot 15a; pp. 12-13;