Museums Home BMAGiC Home Search Browse BMAGiC Help About BMAGiC Contact Us

Goblet and Cover

View main imageView larger image
Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery.

Additional Images

Click on each image below to view at full size:
View image 2 

Basic Information

Accession Number:1981M156
Collection:Applied Art - Glass
Date:1742 c - 1742 c

Maker Information

Attributed to:Ignaz Preissler - View biography for Ignaz Preissler


The recipe for making glass has changed little for several thousands of years: sand, alkali ashes, and lime from crushed stones are melted together to give a strong, yet fragile material. This molten material can then be manipulated by the glassmaker in a number of ways. This Bohemian covered goblet, dating from c 1742, has been decorated using a method called schwarzlot. This is a German phrase, which literally means 'black lead'. This style of decoration was principally used by German Haumaler, people who bought glassware to decorate at home. Early popular designs for this work included landscapes, battle scenes, and mythological subjects, but towards the beginning of the 18th century they included leaf and strap work, and chinoiseries, or Chinese style figures.

Presented by the Friends of Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, 1981.

Further Information

Production Period:18th Century
Medium:Cut lead glass, with enamel and gilt decoration.
Place of Origin:Bohemia


Height:25.7 cm
Width:8.3 cm
Depth:8.6 cm
Diameter:9.2 cm