Deckelpokal (Goblet with Cover)

Object Name: 
Deckelpokal (Goblet with Cover)

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Object Name: 
Deckelpokal (Goblet with Cover)
Accession Number: 
2013.3.11
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 34 cm, Diam (max): 16.9 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
about 1820
Credit Line: 
Gift of the Ennion Society
Web Description: 
This Deckelpokal came from the personal collection of the German actor Pius Alexander Wolff (1782-1828), to whom it was given by Count Anton von Radziwill (1775-1833). Radziwill gave the goblet to commemorate the premiere in his Berlin palace of a musical version of the tragedy Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832). Because the scenery of Goethe's Faust was designed by the architect Karl Freidrich Schinkel (1781-1841) in a medieval neo-Gothic style, is reasonable to assume that he also designed the goblet. The inclusion of the amethyst and turquoise bolsters this claim, because stones such as these were regarded as symbolic in the applied arts of the period, and the form of the goblet is also linked to Schinkel's designs.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Frank C. Moeller Fine Arts, Source
2012
to
2013-07-08
Wolff, Pius Alexander (German, 1782-1828), Former Collection
1820
Prince Anton Radziwill (1775-1833), Former Collection
1820
to
1820
Inscription: 
FAUST
inscription
Engraved (a) on cup
Primary Description: 
Deckelpokal (Goblet with Cover). Colorless glass, gilt brass ormolu, turquoise, amethyst; blown, applied, ground, cut, gilt, acid-etched, engraved. (a) Goblet with ovoid cup, circular foot, and applied short stem. Body of goblet decorated with eight sets of acid-etched and cut laurel or lotus leaves and flowers around base, the word "FAUST" engraved in center, and an acid-etched and cut band around rim showing alternating stars and diamonds with flowers in centers. Stem and edge of foot are gilt ornamented with ormolu with turquoise insets. Bottom of foot has eight-petaled cut flower or starburst surrounded by eight sets of acid-etched and cut laurel or lotus leaves and flowers around edge. (b) Squat bell-shaped cover with eight sets of acid-etched and cut laurel or lotus leaves and flowers. Rim and facet-cut ovoid finial are gilt ornamented with ormolu. Finial has ormolu top with large faceted oval amethyst gem. Rim of cover appears to be missing gem or stone insets.
Recent Acquisitions (2013) illustrated, p. 14; BIB# AI95664