Enamelled Glassware
Glass of the Sultans

Five Thousand Years of Glass

The Arts of Fire: Islamic Influences on Glass and Ceramics of the Italian Renaissance

Glass from Islamic Lands

Glas in Mittelalter und Antike

Venice and the Islamic World, 828-1797

While enamelled metal drinking-vessels date back to Antiquity, I am not sure how early the first pieces of enamelled glassware appeared. These pieces are almost always drinking-vessels – though the shape and the decoration styles vary greatly. There are also several mosque lamps done in this style (these may be broken out into their own linkspage at some point in the near future).

The links are divided up by the region of origin (which work out to be roughly chronological clusters). Here are some more links on enamelling and glassworking. You can emulate this sort of decoration relatively easily if you'd like to paint your own feastware.

SYRIAN ENAMELLED GLASS, including Syro-Frankish ware


  • The Hope Goblet, with the Virgin and Child and St. Peter and St. Paul, inscribed +DMIA:MATER:REGISALTISSIMI:ORA:P:PA, 13th-14th century
  • Glass beaker with harpies, attributed to Aldrevandini, second half of the 13th century
  • Glass beaker with armorial decorations, attibuted to the workshop of Aldrevandini, c. 1260-1290
  • A glass beaker with armorial decoration and an inscription, c. 1250-1320
  • Beaker, c. 1260-1270
  • Fragments of beakers with saints, a pelican, and shields, c. 1300; see also this photo and caption
  • A so-called Syro-Frankish beaker with harpies, 14th century (also here, here, and here)
  • The Aldrevrandini Beaker, with an inscription and three heraldic shields, c. 1330
  • Glass goblet with armorial decoration, c. 1450-1500
  • The Field Cup, a blue-tinted standing bowl “Of rounded form with folded rim, painted with pairs of winged sphinxes opposing a cherub's head emerging from a vase alternating with pairs of cherubs seated on gilt urns, on a grassy sward and reserved on a ground of gilt scrolling foliage, below a gilt band inscribed TENPORE FELICI MVLTI NOMINANTVR AMICI, over a high trumpet foot with folded rim brushed with gilding,” late 15th century
  • Beaker, 15th or 16th century
  • Goblet with ladies and gentlemen and inscription, last quarter of the 15th century (also here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here)
  • Goblet with profile portraits of a man and a woman, c. 1475-1500
  • A 'krautstrunk' beaker, late 15th-early 16th century
  • Betrothal goblet with profile portraits of a man and a woman, with cherubs and a scroll and motto, the end of the 15th century
  • Standing cup in mold-blown glass, with pincered, enamelled (floral), and gilt decorations, c. 1475-1500
  • Two-colored goblet with gold and enamel decorations, c. 1475-1500
  • Goblet with abstract floral decoration, c. 1475-1510
  • Footed bowl in blue glass, enamelled and gilt, c. 1475-1525
  • The Petronell Welcome, with abstract geometric decoration, c. 1480
  • Dish with the arms of Louis XII of France and his wife Anne of Brittany, c. 1498-1515
  • Goblet with a pattern of interlaced tendrils, stylized palmettes, and daisies, late 15th century or early 16th century
  • Ewer with gilding and enamel on blue glass, c. 1500
  • Ewer with polychrome enamel and gold on copper on blue glass, c. 1500
  • Beaker with "patera" decoration, early 16th century
  • Pilgrim flask with two boys standing in a landscape and holding a shield, c. 1500-1520
  • Ewer in blue glass, enamelled with small human figures among big floral vines, c. 1500-1525
  • Footed bowl in purple glass, with enamelled and gilt grapevine decoration, c. 1500-1550
  • Glassware from 16th century Venice: goblet with enamel decoration on the edge (also here) and a pilgrim's flask with the heraldry of a German family

  • Betrothal goblet with a man and lady and inscribed scrolls (and a goat), made in the mid-16th century
  • Ewer with a man holding a banner, second half of the 16th century (also here and here)


Armorial Designs (Wappenglas, Wappenhumpen, etc.)

Imperial Eagles (Reichsadlerhumpen, etc.)

The Prince-Electors (Kurfüstenhumpen, etc.)

Biblical Scenes

Hunt Scenes (Jagdhumpen)

Other Scenes with People

Other Designs