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Object Name: 
Roemer
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
2010.3.177
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 20.4 cm, Diam (max): 13 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
about 1700
Web Description: 
Stylistically, this Römer is reminiscent of Germanic glass of the 17th century, and it also underlines the ongoing fashion for medieval prunted glasses. Chemically, however, this rare piece is closely related to glass vessels produced in English glasshouses in the 1660s and 1670s—particularly those made by Johan Da Costa in Henley and George Ravenscroft at the Savoy glasshouse. Despite these connections, however, this vessel has certain characteristics that permit an attribution to the Kungsholm glasshouse in Stockholm. The bowl and the hollow stem were made from a single bubble, in the same manner as other Römers of Swedish origin. A comparable piece is identical in construction, form, and size, and it is similarly decorated and crizzled. It is now housed in the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum in Munich. There are two similar but larger engraved and lidded Römers (54.3.144a, b and 71.3.11a, b) in the Corning collection. The Kungsholm glasshouse, which was active from 1686 to 1815, was established by Giacomo Bernardini Scapitta, an Italian who had emigrated from Altare in Italy by way of the Netherlands and northern Germany, with the assistance of the Dutch glassmaker Jean Guillaume Reinier. These two entrepreneurs, who were very familiar with the stylistic traditions of the northern Italian, Dutch, and German states, began to produce glasses that were heavily influenced by German goblets. From about 1690, their repertoire of surface decoration was enriched by fine engraving techniques, as well as by elaborate royal monograms and devices that were executed by the German-born Kristoffer Elsterman (d. 1721). For more information on the Kungsholm glasshouse and its production, see Robert J. Charleston, Masterpieces of Glass: A World History from The Corning Museum of Glass, expanded ed., New York: Abrams, 1990, cat. no. 65, pp. 128–129; and Rainer Rückert, Die Glassammlung des Bayerischen Nationalmuseums München, 2 vv., Munich: Hirmer, 1982, v. 1, cat. no. 341, pp. 140–141, and pl. 93.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Bonhams, Source
Color: 
Material: 
Primary Description: 
Colorless glass; blown, tooled, applied. The ribbed (16 in all) cup-shaped bowl merges into a wide cylindrical (hollow) stem applied with three rows of 6 each, raspberry prunts below a vermiform trail, raised on a tall conical foot with folded rim.
The Corning Museum of Glass: Notable Acquisitions 2010 (2011) illustrated, p. 14, #5; BIB# AI86878