1Z0-001 HP0-634 1Z0-854 JN0-331 ST0-130 HP2-T31 1Z0-507 P_SD_64 GB0-180 A2010-564 C2090-913 HP2-K18 C2180-270 000-433 351-018 920-345 000-745 000-191 070-545-VB 70-346 ITIL-F-CHS SD0-302 920-232 642-426 HP2-B100 LOT-917 000-210 MB4-641 920-252 000-995 310-810 1Z0-517 920-807 50-632 TB0-105 310-045 000-235 000-992 350-040 270-551 920-344 E20-011 C2090-735 350-024 074-325J 1Y0-A25 070-225 HP2-H25 1Z0-204 000-268 000-M23 000-M220 E20-016 000-386 HP2-B27 920-533 JK0-U11 CUR-011 1Y0-A20 70-515 Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague
A new exhibit of the month is on view at the entrance to the UPM’s Permanent Collection:

Box and cover, containing a goblet and little cups
Southern Germany,
first half of the 17th century
maple, turned and carved
inv. no. 78 021

This cylindrical box, decorated with ringed lathe-work, with a stepped cover, a goblet on a finely turned foot, which amazingly contains 92 tiny cups. Pieces like this, decorated with subtle turning, were samples of the virtuosic craftsmanship of the sixteenth and seventeenth-century artisans and were, like objets d’art, items from nature (for example, minerals), also a collector’s curio. Such pieces were also part of the renowned collection of Rudolf II, the Habsburg emperor, at Prague Castle. They were made in the artisans’ workshops at the courts of noblemen and royalty. Sometimes these aristocrats even delighted in making such objects themselves.
This turned box comes from the Nostitz collection in Prague, which was established in the seventeenth century by Otto von Nostitz (1608–1664) and his half-brother, Johann Hertwig Nostitz-
Rieneck (1610–1683). Apart from a splendid picture gallery, it also contained objects from the Rudolfine collections. This box and several similar artefacts were transferred from the National Gallery in Prague to the collections of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague in the 1960s.

Lit.: Dana Stehlíková, Kabinety umění a kuriozit / Cabinets of Arts and Curiosities, exh. cat., UPM, 1995, no. 289. Daniela Karasová et al., Formas e ambientes/Shapes and Spaces, exh. cat., Prague and Lisbon: UPM and FRESS, 2005, p. 52.
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Box and cover, containing a goblet and little cups
Southern Germany, first half of the 17th century
maple, turned and carved
Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, inv. no. 78 021
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