Opaque white glass Beaker, Bohemian, c.1765


This Bohemian opaque white glass hunting beaker is beautifully painted with a finely-dressed lady in riding habit and holding a rifle. She stands in an imaginary landscape beside a rococo rock formation, from which are suspended leafy branches, creating an ornamental cartouche. A small picnic is arranged before her. There are gilt birds high in the sky, and the rim is lined with a gilt band.

The source for the painted decoration is Autumn, an engraving by the South German artist, Johann Esaias Nilson (Augsburg, 1721-88). The print depicts a hunting party in which the lady is also accompanied by a well-dressed gentleman, a hound and a servant (illustrated below).

Condition: Excellent - the painted decoration is in superb order, as is the gilt band. A small, shallow chip beneath the rim is covered by the gilt band, so this is likely to have occurred prior to the decorating stage. There is a tiny graze to the inside rim. Minor anomalies of the glass-making process can be seen inside the beaker. No restoration.

Dimensions: Height 9.6 cm; Diameter 8.2 cm



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Above, Autumn, J.E. Nilson, engraving © President and Fellows of Harvard College