The Peddler Goblet

The Peddler Goblet

1800s

Green and blue glass, enameled and gilded

Diameter of mouth: 21.5 x 11.4 cm (8 7/16 x 4 1/2 in.); Diameter of base: 12 cm (4 3/4 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1953.364

Description

In the decoration of this goblet, the peddler, fast asleep under a tree, is robbed by monkeys. The same subject appears on the famous "Monkey Cup" in The Cloisters of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. It was obviously appealing because peddlers were traditionally believed to have many of the same vices as monkeys. Another part of the decoration includes a scene of Venus emerging from the sea, and the Three Graces.

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