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Sunday, March 23, 2014

a hunting scene on glass, 1593

Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program.
When I think of how long glasses don't last in my house, I marvel afresh at the four centuries this beautiful German drinking vessel has been around.  Its information page at the Getty (be sure and look at the other side views too) offers a commentary from a 17th-c French visitor regarding the pride Germans took in their fine glasses. The page also explains the importance hunting held as a favorite activity (these days we may disagree), so much so that a type of this enameled glassware was named for it: Jagdhumpen, "hunt beaker."
You may imagine these were kept for the parties afterward.  Bringing them along on a tear through the woods isn't a good way to have them for long.  I'm sure someone must have tried.

1 comment:

parlance said...

Thank God dishwashers hadn't been invented. Most of our glasses lost their lovely pictures quick smart once we got lazy about hand washing.