English / Monteith / 18th century (1700)English
18th century (1700)

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Creator Nationality: European; British; English
Creator Name-CRT: English
Title: Monteith
Title Type: Object name
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1700
Creation End Date: 1700
Creation Date: 18th century (1700)
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Glass
Materials and Techniques: Engraved glass
Dimensions: H. 6 5/8 in. (16.8 cm), Diam. 12 1/4 in. (31.1 cm)
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York, USA
ID Number: 43.77.2
Credit Line: Bequest of Florence Ellsworth Wilson, 1943
Rights: http://www.metmuseum.org/

Monteiths, filled with ice water, were used to cool wineglasses, which were suspended in the water by the foot held in the notches of the rim. At the time this piece was made, monteiths were primarily of silver; thus this rare example is an unusually large object to be found in glass. The piece was engraved (with a diamond point) with the arms commemorating the marriage of William Gibbs of Horsley Park, Essex, and the heiress Mary Nelthorpe and inscribed with the name of the groom. Around the rim are moralizing inscriptions in Italian, Hebrew, Slavonic, Dutch, French, and Greek (such as 'Fear God and honor the King' in the main panel). Cupid sitting between the bride and groom sings from a songbook while musicians assembled around a table play the lute, viol da gamba, and recorder. Other panels are engraved with scenes of country pursuits, such as harvesting and fishing. This monteith is the Museum's earliest example of flint glass, which was perfected in the late seventeenth century in England, where it immediately became the preferred material, having equal strength but greater inner 'fire,' or luminosity, than the Venetian and German imports.

AMICA ID: MMA_.43.77.2
AMICA Library Year: 2000
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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