The Disch Cantharus

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Object Name: 
The Disch Cantharus
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 13.8 cm, W: 15.5 cm, Diam (max): 11 cm
On Display
Web Description: 
This object was found in Cologne, Germany, in 1864. Its first known owner was the collector Charles Damien Disch. A cantharus is a drinking vessel with high handles, and it was used to consume wine. This example was elaborately decorated with gilding on the outside of the cup, over which a network of hot glass trails was placed in a zigzag pattern.
Sangiorgi, Sergio, Source
Disch, Former Collection
Hoffmann, Hermann, Former Collection
Basilewski, Former Collection
Sangiorgi, Giorgio, Former Collection
Primary Description: 
Transparent greenish-colorless glass with many small bubbles; blown, with applied cage and handles, and gilded decoration. Two-handled cup on stem with hollow conical foot; conical cup, curving inward at bottom; short, solid stem with flat, discoid knop; hollow conical foot with single concentric trail on upper surface and ground edge; no pontil mark; cup surrounded by six horizontal zigzag trails, which together make hollow spheroid lattice, attached to narrow trail wound one and one-quarter times around wall near top, and thicker trail wound twice around wall near bottom; attached to first and sixth zigzag trails, two opposed handles, each consisting of horizontal U-shaped trail supporting pressed cockleshell, looped vertical trail, pressed cockleshell, horizontal M-shaped trail, and thumb-support; on outside of cup, protected by cage, frieze of three chubby winged cupids, one seated on hillock, others walking towards him with arms outstretched; between them; flowers on leafy stalks, with additional flowers in field, all gilt with scratched details.
The Art of Glass: Masterpieces from The Corning Museum of Glass
IBM Gallery 1989-12-12 through 1990-02-03
National Gallery of Art 1990-12 through 1991-04
Masterpieces of Glass from The Corning Museum of Glass
National Gallery of Art 1990-12-02 through 1991-04-14
Glass of the Caesars
British Museum 1987-11-18 through 1988-03-06
Romisch-Germanisches Museum 1988-04-15 through 1988-10-18
Musei Capitolini 1988-11-03 through 1989-01-31
Corning Museum of Glass
A Catalogue of the Late Antique Gold Glass in the British Museum (2015) illustrated, p. 23;
Cage Cups: Late Roman Luxury Glasses (2015) illustrated, pp. 14, 57, 190; BIB# 146773
The Fascination of Cage Cups (2014) illustrated, p. 9 (bottom); BIB# AI98963
Chemical Analyses of Early Glasses (Volume 3) (2012) pp. 383, 408, 682; BIB# 61154
Afghanistan: Forging Civilizations along the Silk Road (2012) illustrated, p. 61, fig. 14; BIB# 132698
Modern Glass Inspired By Ancient Rome (2008-02-22) illustrated, p. 1;
Corning Glass Museum Plans Exhibition Exploring Roman Glass' Modern Impact (2008-02-01) illustrated
Looking at Glass: A Guide to Terms, Styles and Techniques (2005) illustrated, p. 85; BIB# 99164
Antikes Glas (Handbuch der Archaologie) (2004) illustrated, p. 343, 460, 619, 652 (Taf. 363); BIB# 83444
Plastik sanatlarda cam malzemenin uygulanisi (2003) illustrated, p. 18, fig. 2.3, row 5, #2; BIB# 120381
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, Volume Two (2001) pp. 275-277, pl. 867; BIB# 58895
Chemical Analyses of Early Glasses (Volume 1) (1999) pp. 80, 249; BIB# 61154
Untersuchungen zu den Glasern un Gipsabgussen aus dem Fund von Begram/Afghanistan (1998) illustrated, pl. 23, no. 3; pp. 72-73; BIB# 57685
Enciclopedia Dell'Arte Antica, classica e orientale (1997) illustrated, p. 1025, fig. 1302, right;
Glass, Gold, and Gold-Glasses (1996) illustrated, p. 5, fig. 3;
Masterpieces of Glass: A World History From The Corning Museum of Glass (1990) illustrated, pp. 56-57, pl. 20; BIB# 33819
Glass Of The Roman Empire (1988) illustrated, pp. 56-57, fig. 24; pp. 8-9; BIB# 32608
Glass of the Caesars (1987) illustrated, pp. 253-254, #143; BIB# 31831
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass (postcards) (1987) illustrated, #24; BIB# 34348
Book of Glass (1986) p. 63;
Recent Important Acquisitions, 17 (1975) illustrated, cover, frontispiece; BIB# AI91035
Zum Kantharos Disch-Sangiorgi (1931) cols. 116ff;
Il Kantharos Disch (1926) p. 74, pls. 3-4;
Title Unknown (Bonner Jahrbucher 71) (1881) pl. 6, #1356;
Kunsthaus Lempertz illustrated, p, 179;
Zerbrechlicher Luxus: Köln, ein Zentrum antiker Glaskunst illustrated, p. 115; BIB# 150242