Antique Armorial Glass Beaker Coat-Of-Arms Pilawa Polish Noble Family Potocki Po
Antique dated 1643 (19th century?) Venetian or Bohemian hand blown glass, enamelled and gilt armorial-heraldic Tapering Cylindrical Beaker, 19th century. The flared conical bowl decorated on the center with finely hand painted, in enamel, a large coat-of-arms with heraldic shield with two crosses surmounted by a crowned peer helmet and acanthus mantling. Flanked by inscription Potocki Pilawa and the date below 1643. The rim adorned with a gilt band, a high conical spreading foot with folded rim adorned with white enameled dot pattern, the reverse with applied white decoration and signed illegibly at the bottom.
Potocki. A Polish noble family coat-of-arms, "Pilawa”. It originated in the 14th century in the Cracow region; its name derives from the village of Zloty Potok, near Czestochowa.
The family became prominent in the late 16th and early 17th centuries and played a significant role in Polish history as a result of the patronage of Chancellor Jan Zamoyski and King Sigismund III Vasa and dynastic ties with the Movila family of Princes of Moldavia (Hospodars). In that period the Potocki family became owners of many towns and hundreds of villages, and huge lands in Galicia, Podolia, and Right-Bank Ukraine. Thenceforth they were one of the wealthiest and most influential magnate families in the Polish Commonwealth.
The family contributed to the cultural development and history of Poland's Eastern Borderlands (today Ukraine). The family is renowned for numerous Polish statesmen, military leaders, and cultural activists.
CONDITION: Overall very good condition, some wear to gilt band.
MEASUREMENTS: Height: 11.5 cm (4.53 inches). Diameter of the base: 7 cm (2.76 inches).
A related 19th century Bohemian armorial glass had been sold by Christie’s London 30 September 2014 SALE 1555 Lot 88 for £1,875 ($3,049).
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