The Kulm Goblet

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Object Name: 
The Kulm Goblet
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Overall H: 25.6 cm, Diam (max): 11.6 cm; Foot W: 12.7 cm
On Display
about 1835
Primary Description: 
Goblet, "The Kulm Goblet." Colorless non-lead glass; blown, cut, engraved, enameled, stained. Large cup-shaped bowl with inset, tapered rim, enameled with repeated translucent red, green, brown and purple foliate motifs, alternating with yellow and blue quatrefoils; a large rectangle with canted corners on one side of the bowl, stained yellow, and engraved with a scene: in the foreground, a field with an obelisk at the left, flanked by horsemen; a group at center on a raised platform, with an altar and priest at the left, three military figures at the right, joining hands, armed soldiers standing at the side; a pavilion at the right, crowded with people, four flags flying over the building; in the background, massed troops at the edges of the field, barracks and hills behind; inscribed "Grundsteinlegung und Weihe des russisehen [russischen] Monamentes [Monumentes] bie Culm 29 Sept. 835 [1835]."; three blue and red flowers below; reverse side of the bowl with three cut panels, each containing elaborately enameled coats of arms: the arms of Prussia at center, with the motto "GOTT mit Uns" below, flanked by the arms of Russia (on the right) and Austria (on the left), all surrounded by elaborate scrolls; bowl resting on a hexagonal cut knop, translucent-enameled in red with random wriggly lines, six oval bosses projecting from the faces of the knop, each enameled red, yellow and blue at the top; a paneled, swelling knop at center, enameled on the lower half with red, yellow and blue; paneled stem spreading to a six-lobed foot, with "V" notches between; underside of the lobes with diamond-cut, pointed oval pads, each with a cluster of diamonds enameled red, yellow, blue and purple; center portion of the foot recessed and flat, enameled with red, blue and purple flowers and green leaves on a black ground with yellow wiggly lines randomly covering the surface; 16-pointed cut star in the center.
Strasser, Rudolf von, Source