Beaker with Beaded Band

Object Name: 
Beaker with Beaded Band

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Object Name: 
Beaker with Beaded Band
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 12.8 cm; Rim Diam: 10.3 cm; Base Diam: 8.4 cm
On Display
about 1830
Credit Line: 
Gift of The Ruth Bryan Strauss Memorial Foundation
Web Description: 
By the early 19th century, Bohemian glassmaking was an important industry that was recognized throughout Europe for the high quality of its products. With the defeat of Napoleon in 1815, central Europe, including Bohemia, entered into a period of stability and peace that resulted in increased prosperity for the middle class. In order to maintain this stability following the great period of political upheaval in Europe, many people began to focus on home and family life, creating a refuge from the unpredictable world. Art, architecture, and the decorative arts concentrated on the family and the idea of a comfortable lifestyle. This turn toward simplicity was representative of the Biedermeier style, which was popular from 1815 through the 1830s. Domestic interiors became intimate havens filled with furniture and decorations that were both simple and functional. Women made goods for the home, and decorative elements such as beadwork were crafted by young girls and housewives. This beaker is simple in form, but the thick glass and flared shape were common in Bohemian glass at that time. It is decorated with a hand-beaded band depicting two stags in a landscape, with a bird on the reverse. In line with the ideals of the Biedermeier style, the beaker is functional and the beadwork and motif are simple. This object was probably produced by a woman for her home.
Strauss Memorial Foundation, Ruth Bryan, Source
Strauss, Jerome (1893-1978), Former Collection
Primary Description: 
Beaker with Beaded Band. Colorless non-lead glass, polychrome beads; blown-molded, cut, woven bead collar. Flared sides, with cut, tapered rim; wide, cylindrical foot; woven beaded band encircling the sides, depicting two stags in a landscape setting, with a multi-colored bird on the reverse, against a white background; gold beads at the top and bottom; polished flat base.
Corning Museum of Glass 2013-05-18 through 2014-01-05
For 30,000 years, mankind has crafted beads from natural materials. With the discovery of glassmaking in the second millennium B.C., glass began to be used for this same purpose. Glass beads are universal. They have been produced throughout the 35 centuries of glass manufacturing, and by nearly every culture in the world. The glass beads and beaded objects on view in this exhibition are arranged thematically, comparing the manner in which diverse cultures have utilized beads, frequently for the same purposes, but sometimes for unique reasons. These themes explore how glass beads adorn the body and our possessions; how they convey messages about power and wealth, and identify the stages of human life; how they serve ritual purposes, as well as decorate clothing and objects used in rituals; and how they have been employed across the centuries as a means of exchange, both commercial and cultural. Through the centuries, beads have been made using a variety of processes. Understanding how beads were made has allowed scholars to follow the transmission of beads and beadmaking techniques across the globe. Across time and around the world, glass beads have become a common element of mankind. Through their manufacture and function, they are one of the strings that bind humanity together. “Life on a String” celebrates this common bond while also revealing the distinctiveness of different societies through their use of glass beads to celebrate their unique cultural heritage.
Masterpieces of European and American Glass
Suntory Museum of Art 1981-10 through 1981-11
Jurors' Choice (2016) illustrated, p. 93; BIB# AI101515
Glass Beads: Selections from The Corning Museum of Glass (2013) illustrated, pp. 42-43, no. 28; BIB# 134720
Treasures from the Corning Museum of Glass 2013 (2012-12) illustrated, p. 9; BIB# 133170