British Museum collections, £12.99
Height: 24.200 cm
Bequeathed by Felix Slade (1868)
M&ME S 903
Room 46: Europe 1400-1800
Glass goblet, engraved by Frans Greenwood
Glass, probably Dutch, engraved in Dordrecht, around AD 1750
Bacchic scenes and an inscription
The colourless glass has an ornamental air
bubble, or 'tear' in the stem. The bowl is almost
entirely decorated with stipple engraving, a skilful technique that
was fashionable in Holland in the eighteenth century, and probably
The glass is inscribed:
Dat lieflyk zoet,
Noemt Salomon een spotter.
Die't gulzig drinkt,
En brast'en klint,
Wort vroeg benooit 'en zotter.
F. Greenwood Ft.
('The juice of the grape, / that delightful sweet thing, / Solomon calls a mocker. / he who drinks greedily, / revels and toasts, / will quickly become befuddled and sillier. / F. Greenwood made this.')
H. Tait (ed.), Five thousand years of glass (London, The British Museum Press, 1991)