18th Century Bohemian Rococo Milk Glass Tankard


An unusual rococo milk glass tankard, made in Bohemia during the 3rd quarter of the 18th century.

During the late 17th century, in an attempt to imitate the fine porcelain and china appearing in Europe, the glassmakers of central Europe developed an opaque milky-white glass. Despite the emergence of European hard-pastes in the 18th century, milk glass would remain popular, especially in the classes who were prized out of true porcelain, or in the countries that were yet to discover the formula.

The tankard is decorated with two finely painted borders. A pair of floral arrangements and an armorial crest flank a circular pictorial panel, showing a trio dining in the open air. On the right, a fashionable dandy plays his harp, whilst on the left, a similarly dressed man, lidded tankard in hand, sits with his back turned. In the middle a maid looks to be clearing the table.

The condition of the tankard is very good for its age, with no wear to the enamel, and only the usual firing flaws to the glass.

Size: 16 x 12.5cm (6¼ x 5”)
Weight: 344g