Goblet

1586 (made)

Verzelini, Jacob (the Elder)

Height: 16.8 cm, Width: 12.7 cm maximum

C.226-1983 CER

Goblet, clear glass with trails and diamond-point engraving, made by Jacob Verzelini the Elder and engraved by Anthony de Lysle at Crutched Friars Glasshouse, London, England, 1550-1600

Goblet with trailed decoration and engraved with diamond-point with initials which may stand for Roger and Maud Puleston of Emral, who celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in 1586. Inscription: "God Save Qyne Elisabeth"RP" "MP" "1586".

Jacopo Verzelini was the first Venetian glassmaker to set up a successful glasshouse in Britain, at Crutched Friars in London. This superb goblet can be attributed to Verzelini’s glasshouse because of its diamond-point engraved inscription and date. The inscription ‘God Save Qyne [Queen] Elisabeth’ is accompanied by the date ‘1586’ and the initials ‘RP’ and ‘MP’, which probably refer to its original owners.

Given by the Secretary of State of Education and Science

Location: Glass, room 131, case 49

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