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Fragments of glass beakers with painted enamel decoration. This beaker is painted with a lion and a blue wolf on a shield. It was found in a chalk-lined cess-pit in the goldsmiths' quarter of London, this is part of a group of glass objects comprising fragments of at least eight vessels, all beakers for wine and decorated in coloured enamel. The designs included figures of saints, a pelican, and shields, one with a blue wolf, the arms of the Wolfsberg family who held land near Augsburg, in the south of Germany. The glasses were probably made in Venice, intended for export. Two of them carry the maker's name – 'Master Bartholomew'. Venetian records contain references to a man of this name, a 'painter of glasses', who was working in Venice between 1290 and 1325.
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