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Antique Bohemian Milk Glass Tankard decorated with a Ship.

Antique Bohemian Milk Glass Tankard Decorated with a Ship,

Circa 1765-75.

(Ref: ny5030-umr)

The antique glass tankard decorated in a typical famille rose enamel palette depicts a Chinese ship with figures within a rococo shaped panel with floral bouquets to either side of the handle.  Simple stylized bands surround the foot and neck.

Height: 6 1/2 inches.


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Five Colleges and Historic Deerfield Museum Consortium htttp://museums.fivecolleges.edu/detail.php?museum=hd&t=objects&type=all&f=&s=dress&record=25 for description of a similar tankard.

Blown milk glass mug painted in red, yellow, blue, pink, and green enamels. In the third quarter of the 17th century, French, German and Bohemian glassmakers developed formulae, such as Johann Kunckel's 1679 recipe for opal glass, to produce an opaque white glass - "milchglas" - that imitated white porcelain or china. "Glass china" was an early 19th century term for what is is currently called "milk glass". The mug has a band of red oblique lines forming triangles around the top and base; a scrolled cartouche with a half-length portrait of a lady in a red and blue dress holding a bird; and elaborate floral sprays on each side of the handle. The cylindrical mug flares sharply at the base; has an applied rounded loop handle with a tooled terminal; and rough pontil mark.

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