Engraved Stein

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Object Name: 
Engraved Stein
Accession Number: 
2010.3.10
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 15.6 cm, W: 14.5 cm, Diam (max): 11.2 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
1742
Web Description: 
This tankard was wheel-engraved to mark the 25th wedding anniversary of Matthys Berg and Jacoba Momber in 1742 (their marriage is recorded on January 5, 1717). Johann Franz Trümper (1699–1748) was the son of Johann Friedrich Trümper (1669–1757), who had worked with his brother-in-law Franz Gondelach before he set up his independent practice. Johann Franz was Gondelach’s godson, and he may have been trained by Gondelach as a glass cutter and engraver. Despite the importance of Gondelach’s and Trümper’s workshops, Johann Franz is the only one of the Trümpers who is known to have signed a couple of his pieces during this period. The tankard is decorated with three cartouches. One bears the simply rendered monograms of Matthys Berg and Jacoba Momber, while the other two are engraved with allegorical representations of love and friendship. The use of emblematic depictions—primarily in printed media, but also as ornamentation in the decorative arts—and the study of their iconography were popular during the 17th century and still fashionable, as this finely executed object suggests, a century later. The inscriptions on the tankard, unlike those that were used in royal contexts, are in German, and not in Latin or French. The latter two languages were spoken at the royal court, while the Berg and Momber families conversed in German, presumably in a local dialect. For additional information on Trümper, see Franz Adrian Dreier, “Franz Gondelach: Baroque Glass Engraving in Hesse,” Journal of Glass Studies, v. 38, 1996, pp. 79–81, and cat. no. 52, pp. 172–173.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Kovacek, Michael, Source
Category: 
Material: 
Inscription: 
IK BEMIN
inscription
Engraved face (cartouche with cockerel)
TERGEDAGTENTENISSEN
inscription
Engraved face (text above the cartouches)
RYN HARTEN
inscription
Engraved face (cartouche with hands)
Fecit: Joh: franz Trümper / Hass Cassel:
signature
Engraved On handle
Primary Description: 
Colorless glass; blown, tooled, applied, cut, engraved; silver-gilt foot-ring; assembled. Cylindrical tankard with applied ear-shaped handle, mounted in a silver-gilt foot-ring. Decorated overall with fine, dense engraving, the body of the vessel shows three cartouches, one bearing the monograms of Matthys Berg and Jacoba Momber, the other two engraved with allegorical representations of love and friendship. The underside of the vessel is cut with an eight-point star. Silver-gilt domed lid with thumb-piece is missing.
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2010 (2011) illustrated, p. 5;