Covered Beaker with Monogram of Friedrich III

Object Name: 
Covered Beaker with Monogram of Friedrich III

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Object Name: 
Covered Beaker with Monogram of Friedrich III
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 22.8 cm; Beaker H: 12.4 cm, Diam: 9.4 cm; Cover H: 11.6 cm, Diam: 10.5 cm
On Display
about 1688-1701
Credit Line: 
Gift of Edwin J. Beinecke
Web Description: 
During the 1670's, shortly after lead glass had been perfected in England, glassmakers developed thick-walled, colorless glass in central Europe. The princely glasshouse in Potsdam, Brandenburg, was among the first to do this. Under the direction of the alchemist and glassmaker Johann Kunckel (d. 1703) it achieved a brilliant clear glass, coming as close as possible to its exemplar, rock crystal. Like rock crystal, the thick-walled glass was ideal for cutting and engraving. Intricate designs were created by carving into the glass with rapidly turning copper or stone wheels. This covered beaker was cut in relief, as well as engraved in intaglio so that the decoration is below the surface plane. It was made for Elector Friedrich III of Brandenburg (r. 1688-1713, became King of Prussia 1701), and it was probably engraved by Gottfried Spiller, who with his teacher, Martin Winter, co-founded an engraving workshop in Potsdam. Following Winter's death in 1702, Spiller became the royal glass engraver.
Count Donhoff, Former Collection
Beinecke, Edwin J., Source
Primary Description: 
Clear heavy glass; free-blown, cut and engraved. Beaker (a) almost cylindrical body with ground slightly concave base; two bands of cut ovals at rim and base, cut rings below rim and above base, frieze of broad leaves in slight relief around lower body; the obverse shows an oval concave medallion with the monogram of the Elector Frederick III of Brandenburg, flanked by putti; the reverse has the coat of arms of Brandenburg, the medallion flanked by putti, both medallions are surmounted by crowns and have flags and drums below; two dancing putti between the medallions; set-in domed cover (b) with solid pineapple-shaped finial; two broad-leaf friezes and a wavy palm-leaf frieze, accompanied by cut rings and a band of cut ovals at the bottom, finial cut to form a pineapple.
Corning Museum of Glass
Changing Exhibitions Gallery
Herrliche Kunste und Manufacturen - Fayence, Glas und Tapisserien aus der Zeit Friedrichs I
Schloss Charlottenburg 2001-04-17 through 2001-08-05
Historia del Vidrio: desarrollo formal, technologico y cientifico (2012) illustrated, Fig. 157, p. 198; BIB# 139172
Glass of the Alchemists: Lead Crystal-Gold Ruby, 1650-1750 (2008) illustrated, pp. 234-235, #70; BIB# 103865
Herrliche Kunste und Mafacturen (2001) pp. 259-260, 157; BIB# 69291
Rubinglas des Ausgehenden 17. und des 18. Jahrhunderts (revised ed.) (2001) illustrated, p. 138, fig. 23; BIB# 71682
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass (1992) illustrated, p. 62, #52; BIB# 35679
Masterpieces of Glass: A World History From The Corning Museum of Glass (1990) illustrated, pp. 140-141, pl. 62; BIB# 33819
A Short History of Glass (1990 edition) (1990) illustrated, p. 60, 63, #52; BIB# 33211
A Short History of Glass (1980 edition) (1980) illustrated, p. 56, #50; BIB# 21161
Gemalde, Ikonen, Skulpturen, Glas, Kunstgewerbe, #450 (1958-06) p. 78, #850, pl. 52;