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Footed Bowl
  • Footed Bowl
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Venice or Low Countries (façon de Venise)
  • mid-16th- early 17th century
  • Vetro a fili glass with lattimo and blue canes on a lining of colourless glass throughout, except for a colourless glass merese; mould-blown features.
  • Height: 21.2 cm
    Diameter: 13.1 cm
  • C521
  • Sixteenth Century Gallery
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Further Reading
  • The alternating bands of blue and white ('lattimo') canes on this stunning footed bowl were created by the 'vetro a filigrana' technique. This technique was first produced in Venice around 1527, and became increasingly widespread towards the middle of the sixteenth century. 'Vetro a filigrana' is the generic term used to describe glass with a pattern of canes either embedded in the glass matrix or fused to a glass liner. Patterns of different types are variously identified. The simple pattern of single parallel canes on this vase is known as 'vetro a fili'.
    Fragments from a similar vessel excavated in Venice and the popularity of this type of vetro a fili decoration north of the Alps make the attribution of this glass difficult. However, the canes on the underside of its foot do not terminate at a central point, as was the Venetian custom. They were cut with straight shears, which was the practice in the Low Countries, perhaps indicating that the vase was made there. A repeat pattern of several 'lattimo' canes alternating with a single blue and/or red one was popular in the Netherlands in the late sixteenth to early seventeenth century and occurs frequently on Netherlandish and Bohemian glass forms. Beaker fragments from Netherlandish excavations provide evidence of the popularity of a pattern of several 'lattimo' canes alternating with a blue cane.

    This bowl form is closely comparable with that of C520, which remained popular into the early seventeenth century. The survival of covers on some comparative pieces, including C520, suggests that this bowl may originally have had a cover.