Large covered cup

German (Dresden)
about 1720

Object Place: Dresden, Germany


Overall: 54 x 16.5 cm (21 1/4 x 6 1/2 in.) Other (Cup): 37.6 x 14.9 cm (14 13/16 x 5 7/8 in.) Other (Lid): 19.1 x 12.7 cm (7 1/2 x 5 in.) Other (Diameter of foot.): 17.3 cm (6 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glass, cut and wheel-engraved, with polished and matte engraving

On View

Angelica Lloyd Russell Gallery (Gallery 142)





Until German and Bohemian craftsmen perfected the technique around 1700s, only Venetian craftsmen knew the secret of making colorless glass . Skilled engravers held the undecorated glass up to fast-spinning blades and used abrasive powder to cut the elaborate surface design. This cup was made for the Elector of Saxony to present as a diplomatic gift.


By descent in family of the Princes zu Ottingen-Wallerstein, Wallerstein Castle, Bavaria. By 2003, with Rudigier Gallery, Munich; 2003, sold by Rudigier Gallery to the MFA. (Accession date: May 21, 2003)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated anonymously