The Wallace Collection

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  • Goblet
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Probably Venice
  • late 16th- early 17th century
  • Colourless glass with slight pinkish tinge with mould-blown and tooled features.
  • Height: 23.4 cm
    Diameter: 9.6 cm
  • C534
  • Sixteenth Century Gallery
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Further Reading
  • The flattened bowl of this funnel-shaped, spirally ribbed goblet would be challenging to drink from. Several Venetian-style goblets with compressed bowls are known. They occur in association with various stem forms that are usually dated to the second half of the sixteenth to the seventeenth centuries. The diagonal ribbing on the stem of C534 is known as 'rigadin ritorto' in Venice. It occurs frequently on seventeenth-century Venetian-style drinking glasses. Giovanni Maggi depicted a goblet with a compressed, fan-shaped bowl in his 'Bichierografia', dated 1604. An attribution to Venice for C534 is supported by the fact that Venetian glasses usually have a single merese below the bowl, while Dutch glasses in the Venetian style, for example, often have a compound, 'avolio'-like construction.