As news of the erupting and disruptive Icelandic volcano has streamed worldwide, we should pause to pay homage to the pioneering work of the British diplomat, collector and amateur vulcanologist Sir William Hamilton (1730–1803). Appointed Britain’s special envoy to the Spanish court… More»
Grab a glass (and some for your friends), it’s International Beer Day!
"Welcome to my house—put me to your lips and drink me dry—don’t take contentment away.” —Inscription on Filigrana Beaker
Ewer, Chinese porcelain 1662 - 1722, French mounts 1700 - 1710. J. Paul Getty Museum.
Goblet with the Arms of Liechtenberg, 1500 - 1530, Probably Bohemian. J. Paul Getty Museum.
Ice-glass Beaker, late 1500s or early 1600s, Dutch. J. Paul Getty Museum.
Covered Filigrana Beaker (Stangenglas),1550-1600, mount about 1710-1712. J. Paul Getty Museum.