Covered Goblet with Putti Hunting a Wild Boar

Object Name: 
Covered Goblet with Putti Hunting a Wild Boar

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Object Name: 
Covered Goblet with Putti Hunting a Wild Boar
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 53 cm, Diam (max): 14.9 cm
On Display
about 1860-1870
Web Description: 
“Historical revival” does not necessarily content itself with the slavish copy of bygone styles. Instead, surprisingly new results can be achieved by the combination of styles from entirely different sources. This goblet is a meticulous copy of the most accomplished type of Nuremberg vessels of the 17th century. However, the decoration of the bowl and cover refer to ancient Roman cameo glass. The latter posed an enormous challenge for Biedermeier glass factories in Bohemia and Silesia: the engraving required the complete mastery of carving into the outer layer of colored glass, turning it lighter as more glass was removed. Also, the glassmakers had to solve the problem of tensions in the glass caused by incompatible expansion coefficients of different glass colors. The Josephinenhütte seems to have started its attempts in the mid-1840s, and employed in Ernst Simon (1817–1894) an exceptionally gifted glass engraver. He transformed the ornamental subject into a vivacious scene, and emphasized the contrast between the playful putti—sweet chubby children that have ancient ancestors and became popular in 16th-century arts—and their stern determination to hunt down a wild boar.
Collection Buchecker, Former Collection
Castle Eugensberg, Former Collection
Kunst-und Auktionhaus Dr. Jurgen Fischer, Source
Primary Description: 
Colorless and cobalt blue glass; blown, tooled, applied, cased, engraved. Large goblet with a bucket shaped bowl cut blue-to-colorless with the scene of the putti hunting boar with spears in hand and surrounded by leaves and branches. the stem consists of several merese, an engraved knop, and an engraved inverted baluster atop a circular engraved foot. The lid is also blue cut-to-colorless with the leaf motif continued and a finial of merese, knop and inverted baluster shape with a raspberry prunt on top.
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2006 (2007) illustrated, p. 9, lower left; BIB# AI92696
Notes: Corning Museum Makes Major Additions to Glass Collection (2007) illustrated, p. 269, fig. 2;
Sammlung Buchecker - Luzern (2006) pp. 150-151, #405; BIB# 92032