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Inscription

on the rim of the cup in four sections: MEINE SVNDE BEDRVBEN MICH GOTTES GNADT ERFREVET MICH ZWEI DING WEIS ICH EIN ARME SVNDER BIN ICH GOT ABER IST BARMHERTZICH 1 5 6 6 [My sins weight heavily upon me God's grace comforts me Two things I know, I am a poor sinner but God is merciful 1566]; on the rim of the cover: ALS VBER FVNFZEHN HVNDERT IAHR SECHSVNDSECHZIG DIE IARZAL WAR HERR MVG(O) VON SCHONBVRG WOL/GEBORN ZV GLAVCH(AV) WALDENBVRG AUSERKORN DES HORNVNGS IN DEM VIERDEN TAG CHRISTO DEM HERRN SEIN GEIST AVF GAB [As ordained on February 4 in the year 1566 Herr Hugo von Schonburg, a man of noble birth from Glauchau Waldenburg, gave up his soul to Christ the Lord]

Provenance

Schönburg-Hartenstein family, Schloss Hartenstein, Zwickau, 1899.[1] Aloys Prince of Schönburg Hartenstein, Vienna, by 1907.[2]. Eugen Gutmann [1840-1925], Berlin, by 1912.[3] (Bachstitz Gallery, The Hague); inheritance from Estate of Peter A.B. Widener by gift through power of appointment of Joseph E. Widener, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, after purchase 1922 by funds of the estate; gift 1942 to NGA.

Exhibition History
1907
Ausstellung alter Gold- und Silberschmiedearbeiten, K.K. Österreichisches Museum für Kunst und Industrie, Vienna, 1907, no. 502.
1997
Natur und Kunst beisammen haben -- Der Breisgauer Bergkristallschliff der frühen Neuzeit, The Freiburg University Library, Germany, 1997, no. 47, repro.
1998
A Collector's Cabinet, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1998, no. 125.
Bibliography
1935
Inventory of the Objects d'Art at Lynnewood Hall, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, The Estate of the Late P.A.B. Widener. Philadelphia, 1935: 40.
1942
Works of Art from the Widener Collection. Foreword by David Finley and John Walker. National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1942: 10, as South German, dated 1566, Covered vase of rock crystal with the arms of the Schönburg family.
1983
Wilson, Carolyn C. Renaissance Small Bronze Sculpture and Associated Decorative Arts at the National Gallery of Art. Washington, 1983: p.169.