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Cup with a Lid and Portrait Medallions

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presumably workshop of Johann Melchior Dinglinger (1664-1731)pre 1709Saxony or Thuringia (Lauensteiner Hütte?)glass with lacquer paintingH 29 cm; D 10,6 cm

Two medallions are mounted on the body of the cup and framed with diamonds, rubies, and enamelled crowns. They show the miniature portraits of the prince Johann August von Anhalt-Zerbst (1617-1742, reign 1718-1742) and his wife Friedericke von Sachsen-Gotha-Altenburg (1675-1709). This cup is one of the very few examples of glasswork, in which the cold applied decoration in enamelled gold leaf foils has been at least partially preserved. The medallions were presumably made by the workshop of the Dresden court jeweller Johann Melchior Dinglinger. A closely related cup in the collection of the Dresdner Kunstgewerbemuseum shows the crowned medallion of Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland (1670-1733), framed with garnets and dating from 1721/22.

Photo: Maria Thrun/MKG