Beaker with a View of Meissen

Object Name: 
Beaker with a View of Meissen

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Object Name: 
Beaker with a View of Meissen
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
51.3.198
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 10.3 cm; Rim Diam (max): 7.5 cm; Base Diam (max): 6.5 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
about 1810-1815
Web Description: 
Napoleon's defeat in 1815 brought peace and prosperity to Austria and Germany. A large middle class enjoyed a comfortable way of life. The style of restrained elegance and simplicity found in homes of this period was later termed “Biedermeier.” Glasses made at that time were marked by classical taste. They were decorated with portraits, hunting scenes, and picturesque views of cities and towns. In the early 1800s, Samuel Mohn, a porcelain decorator in Dresden, was a leading figure in reviving the technique of painting in transparent enamels on glass vessels. His son, Gottlob Samuel Mohn, enameled beakers that showed scenes in and around Dresden. The example shown here is inscribed “Meissen.” Mohn’s glasses were often encircled by a colored floral garland below the rim. The vine border on the Corning beaker is an unusual variant.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Strauss, Jerome (1893-1978), Source
1951-02-19
Material: 
Inscription: 
S. Mohn fec.
inscription
right
Meisen
inscription
center, below vignette in script
Primary Description: 
Beaker with a View of Meissen. Colorless glass; free-blown, stained and painted in transparent enamels. Cylindrical form, beveled rim, flat smooth base; yellow (silver) stain on beveled rim; vintage circlet -- purple grapes and green leaves -- at top; rectangular vignette depicting a view of Meissen; at center below vignette, "Meisen" in script and at right "S. Mohn fec."
The Art of Glass: Masterpieces from The Corning Museum of Glass
Venue(s)
IBM Gallery 1989-12-12 through 1990-02-02
National Gallery of Art 1990-12-09 through 1991-04-14
Decorative and utilitarian works from the Corning Museum of Glass, surveying 35 centuries of glass-making technology and stylistic developments from ancient Egyptian, Roman, Islamic, and Asian cultures to contemporary American and European examples. The works were selected by Corning Museum staff members Dwight P. Lanmon, director and curator of European glass; David B. Whitehouse, curator of ancient and Islamic glass; Jane Shadel Spillman, curator of American glass; and Susanne K. Frantz, curator of 20th-century glass.
Mohn & Kothgasser (2009) illustrated, p. 162; BIB# 101944
The Corning Museum of Glass and the Finger Lakes Region (1993) illustrated, p. 24, #35; BIB# 35681
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass (1992) illustrated, p. 70, #64; BIB# 35679
Seasons Greetings from Sherry-Lehmann (1990/11) illustrated, p. 65; BIB# 90994
Masterpieces of Glass: A World History From The Corning Museum of Glass (1990) illustrated, pp. 172-173, pl. 78; BIB# 33819
A Short History of Glass (1990 edition) (1990) illustrated, p. 83-85, #75; BIB# 33211
Biedermeier-Glaser (1981) illustrated, pl. 7, fig. 164; BIB# 30440
Story of Glass Coloring Book (1981) illustrated, p. 40; BIB# 67749
A Short History of Glass (1980 edition) (1980) illustrated, pp. 74, #73; BIB# 21161
Masterpieces of Glass: A World History from The Corning Museum of Glass (1980) illustrated, pp. 172-173, pl. 78; BIB# 20953
The Story of Glass (1953) illustrated, plate 8-9 (fig. i); BIB# 25461