A rare large green tinted Berkemeyer, Dutch or German, late 16th or 17th century

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A rare large green tinted Berkemeyer, Dutch or German, late 16th or 17th century

Sold for £ 21,250 (US$ 26,489) inc. premium
A rare large green tinted Berkemeyer, Dutch or German, late 16th or 17th century
The flared bowl merging into a cylindrical lower section applied with two rows of four large, smooth watery prunts beneath a trailed thread, the foot applied with a spun footring, high kick-in-base, 14.5cm high, owner's accession number 17 inscribed in black ink on the base

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  • Provenance:
    The Liuba and Ernesto Wolf Collection

    The linguistic origins of the name 'Berkemeyer' lie in the Northern Netherlands, although the majority of Berkemeyers in the Netherlands were the products of German workshops. Berkemeyers were originally produced as wooden beakers with lids carved from the branch of a birch tree (a 'berkemei'). The prunts on the stem were considered reminiscent of the rough bark, hence the name association. Together with Roemers, Berkemeyers were the preferred vessels for the consumption of wine and feature frequently in 17th and 18th century still life paintings by the Dutch Masters. As with Roemers, the prunts on their stem provided a secure grip during feasting, preventing them from slipping from greasy hands. Their increasing size was a result of technical advancements in glass production rather than increasing alcohol consumption, with large examples such as this usually reserved for special occasions in which the glass was filled and passed around for drinking and toasting.

    Very similar Berkemeyers are illustrated by Pieter van Eck and Henrica Zijlstra-Zweens, Glass in the Rijksmuseum vol. I (1993), pp. 129-132, cats. 179-186, and by Brigitte Klesse, Kunstgewerbemuseum der Stadt Köln: Glas (1963), p. 68, cat. 99. For a similar example see Anna-Elisabeth Theuerkauff-Liederwald, 'Der Römer', Journal of Glass Studies 10 (1968), p. 132, fig. 15. Very similar Berkemeyers have been sold by Christie's Amsterdam, 5 July 1989, The Guepin Collection, lot 6, and by Sotheby's London, 14 November 1995, The Joseph Ritman Collection, lot 7. See also the two examples in the Overduin Collection offered by Bonhams, 21 May 2014, lots 22 and 23. A Berkemeyer of similar size formerly in the Ritman Collection was sold by Sotheby's, 14 November 1995, lot 8, and was later sold by Bonhams, 2 May 2013, The Mühleib Collection, lot 48.
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