On display

Ruby-glass tankard, silver-gilt mounts, the thumbpiece and handle have applied angelic figures with arms spread. The finial formed as a pinecone. The hinged lid is engraved with three emblematic scenes with inscriptions in Latin and German: 1. a tower flanked by clouds, inscribed: 'NOCEAT TIBI NILQ[UE] PERICLI' and 'Dass kein Angst und sturm wimdt [schao]'; 2. two hearts with a wing above and rainclouds above that, inscribed; 'SED TE TEGAT ALA POTE N TIS' and 'Sein flinger dect uns frue und spatt'; 3. a tree with a jehovah symbol among rays, inscribed: 'ITA CRESCES DANTE JEHOVA', and '[Gottlose] uns machlen durch sein genade'.


  • Title


  • Artist/maker

    Andreas Berckmann (1651 - 1688) (goldsmith)
  • Associated place

    Nuremberg (place of creation)
  • Date

    c. 1685
  • Material and technique

    silver-gilt, ruby-glass

  • Object type

  • Dimensions

    20.3 cm (height)
  • No. of items


  • Credit line

    Bequeathed by Michael Wellby, 2012.

  • Museum location

    Second floor | Gallery 53 | European Goldsmiths' Work
  • Museum department

    Western Art

  • Accession no.


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Further reading

Kerssenbrock-Krosigk, Dedo von, Rubinglas des ausgehden 17 und des 18 Jahrhunderts (Mainz, 2001), 226

Karin Tebbe, Ursula Timann, Thomas Eser, Ralf Schürer, Birgit Schübel, Peggy Grosse, Said Habib, Ulrike Rathjen, Nürnberger Goldschmiedekunst 1541-1868, 3 (Verlag des Germanischen Nationalmuseums, Nuremberg, 2007), 56.24, Band 1, Teil 1, no. 56.24 BZ22

Schroder, Timothy, Renaissance and Baroque Silver, Mounted Porcelain and Ruby Glass from the Zilkha Collection (Paul Holberton publishing, London, 2012), p. 299-349

Wilson, Timothy, Winterbottom, Matthew, Treasures of the Goldsmith's Art: The Michael Wellby Bequest to the Ashmolean Museum (Ashmolean Museum University of Oxford, 2015)

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