Giant goblet with reliefs of Roman emperors
The monumental lidded goblet is one of the major works of Baroque glass art. It was executed for August the Strong, King of Poland and Elector of Saxony. The huge, five-litre goblet is decorated with twelve gilded silver reliefs depicting Roman emperors in profile. The depictions are based on an Italian Renaissance series of plaquettes. The spectacular glass, together with its counterpart, was listed in the inventory of the Royal Palace in Warsaw in 1739. In contemporary sources, such goblets are referred to as health glasses, because people drank from them at the festive table in turn to the health of the host and the guests present.