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Superb German Lauenstein Engraved Baluster Glass c1740

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Glass: German: Pre 1800: Item # 627630

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An absolutely wonderful and highly amusing engraved baluster glass, actually a goblet, of soda metal. The round funnel bowl, which has a beaded base, is engraved with two rabbits carrying a dog in a sedan chair. The reverse side of the bowl says, in Old German, "Man Mus Einen Seinen Gute & Thun", which roughly translates as "You have to do good things for your enemies." Clearly the rabbits are following that advice so as to not be chased or eaten by the dog.

The stem has four knops, and terminates in a domed and folded foot. 6 1/2 inches in height, with a bowl diameter of 2 7/8 inches, and a foot diameter of 3 inches.

Note: This glass was produced by the Lauenstein Glashaus, the foremost in Germany during the first half of the 18th century. Other examples bearing similar engraving can be seen in "LAUENSTEINER GLAS 1701-1827", published in 1991 by the Historical Museum of Hamburg.