Enameled Bohemian glass humpen dated 1716. "Ovum Paschale" banner surmounts image of a male figure within an egg shaped ground with chained serpent below stemming from a supine skeleton and fire breathing animal (possibly St John the Baptist with right hand raised and carrying a staff in his left). Images of putti fill the clouds. Broken pontil on underside.
The decoration relates to the post 1596 anonymous painting "The Allegory of Man," which depicts man being attacked by the Seven Deadly Sins and Death, but is shielded by the Seven Virtues. The inscription warns of the dangers of worldly vanity, and invites the reader to cast his eyes heavenward to the Resurrected Christ, and urges the reader to pray that his soul might reach heaven.
Humpen is the German term used at the time for large, cylindrical communal drinking vessels. They could contain several pints of beer and drinkers would pass them round the table on special occasions. The painted decoration on Humpen often refers to the owner.
Visitors to Germany during the 17th century often commented on the amount of drinking that characterized entertainment and hospitality there, exemplified by the outsize drinking glasses that Germans favored. Honored guests were greeted with Willkommen: sizable vessels whose entire contents visitors were expected to down. The most common form of Wilkommen were Humpen: tall, cylindrical beakers often ornamented with narrative or symbolic motifs.
Enameled glass, decorated by painting and firing colored powders onto the surface, was common in German countries during this period. Decorations included coats of arms and symbols of guild affiliations; biblical tales; and illustrations of folk wisdom, hunting, and politics.
Dimensions: 12"h x 6"w.
Provenance: Brought from Vienna as part of an antique collection early 20th century.
Processing and shipping within the continental U.S. $65.00 plus 1.5% replacement cost insurance.
Very good. No chips. Few small areas of loss of enameling (mainly along rim of white dots). Witherell's strives to provide as much information and photographs as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Condition statements are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Witherell's. All lots are sold "AS IS" under terms and conditions. Please be advised we do not provide porters nor packing materials for pick ups. We do not accept credit cards.
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