Goblet

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Object Name: 
Goblet
Maker(s): 
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
79.3.239
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 15.5 cm; Rim Diam: 8.8 cm; Foot Diam: 9.2 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
about 1680-1700
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Jerome Strauss
Web Description: 
The diamond-point engraved bowl shows a pregnant woman holding a wineglass and the calligraphic inscription "Hansie in de Kelder" (Little Hans in the cellar). Such goblets, which were also made in silver, were used to toast the birth of a male child. This example is diamond-point engraved in the style of Willem Mooleyser, who lived and worked in Rotterdam.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Strauss, Jerome, Former Collection
1979
Primary Description: 
Colorless soda-lime glass; blown, applied, engraved. The funnel-shaped bowl with rounded base is set on a hollow inverted baluster knop flanked by mereses and a plain section, above a wide folded conical foot. The bowl is diamond-point engraved with a pregnant woman holding a wineglass and the calligraphic inscription Hansie in de Kelder [Little Hans in the Cellar]. Such goblets were used to toast the birth of a (male) child. The goblet is diamond-point engraved in the style of Willem Mooleyser (about 1640-1700). An almost identical but slightly larger goblet was formerly in the Ritman collection: The Joseph R. Ritman Collection of 16th and 17th century Dutch glass. Sotheby's London, 14 November, 1995, p. 52, lot 57. Another example with a more elongated baluster is in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: Ritsema vol. II, 1995, p. 73, no. 42. Ritsema attributes the glass firmly to Mooleyser. A third glass is in the Badisches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe, formerly K. H. Heine Collection: Sabine Baumgärtner, Edles altes Glas. Die Sammlung Heinrich Heine, Karlsruhe: Corona Verlag, 1977, no. 101. Here, an expectant mother holding a flower is engraved above a floral spray with bird. The pregnant woman holds a wineglass as if offering a toast to "Hansie in de Kelder" (Little Hans in the cellar).
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass 2004-05-13 through 2004-10-17
Matters of Taste: Food and Drink in 17th Century Dutch Art and Life
Venue(s)
Albany Institute of History and Art 2002-09-10 through 2002-12
 
Beyond Venice: Glass in Venetian Style, 1500-1750 (2004) illustrated, p. 265, no. 7; BIB# 79761