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Beaker, One of a Pair

Decorative Arts and Design

Although well-to-do Dutch colonials occasionally drank from beakers at home, more often such vessels were liturgical. This beaker was used in the Dutch Reformed Church of the Flatlands, in what is now Brooklyn. Dutch-American beakers are often decorated with fine engraving and ornamental bands at the foot. The three engraved medallions around this beaker contain figures of the three of the Virtues: Faith, Hope, and Charity.

DATES ca. 1700
DIMENSIONS 6 7/8 x 3 3/8 x 3 3/8 in. (17.5 x 8.6 x 8.6 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Lent by Reformed Dutch Protestant Church
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Silver beaker, one of a pair. Cylindrical form with molded bands around foot, widens toward top and flares out at lip. Sides decorated with engraved decorations: around top, wide band containing flowers and leaves, and signed "Dayakeny van Woud"; around sides, three oval medallions containing an allegorical figure of Faith (female figure with cross), Hope (with anchor), and Charity (with children), medallions framed by flanking grotesque dragons and scrolls.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Gerrit Onckelbag (American, 1670–1732). Beaker, One of a Pair, ca. 1700. Silver, 6 7/8 x 3 3/8 x 3 3/8 in. (17.5 x 8.6 x 8.6 cm). Lent by Reformed Dutch Protestant Church, L54.1b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, L54.1b_view1_PS2.jpg)
IMAGE component, b, L54.1b_view1_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
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