Elector Glass


German or Bohemian
dated 1590


29.7 cm (11 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Colorless (greenish-yellow) glass with enameled and gold leaf decoration

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Kurfurstenhumpen. A tall, cylindrical glass beaker decorated in opaque polychrome enamels. At center, the Holy Roman Emperor sits enthroned on a dais and beneath a canopy, bearing the date “1590”; he holds an orb and sceptre; a shield with the imperial double-headed eagle sits at his feet. To his right stand the three ecclesiastical Electors: the Archibishops of Trier, Cologne and Mainz. To his left stand the four secular Electors: the King of Bohemia, the Elector of Palatine, the Duke of Saxony, and the Margrave of Brandenburg. The Electors are identified by inscriptions in white enamel, their attributes, and armorial shields, placed at their feet. See also 58.1015


Anton Vecht, Amsterdam; 1958, sold by A. Vecht to the MFA for $400.00 (Accession Date: November 13, 1958)

Credit Line

Seth K. Sweetser Fund