The Wallace Collection

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Footed Bowl and Cover
  • Footed Bowl and Cover
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Probably Venice
  • mid 16th century - early 17th century
  • Colourless glass with very slight brown tinge, with mould-blown, applied and tooled features.
  • Height: 28 cm, with cover
    Diameter: 13.5 cm
    Height: 10.7 cm, of cover
  • C520
  • Sixteenth Century Gallery
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  • This footed bowl, unusual among examples of its type in surviving with its original cover, is decorated with distinctive ‘pineapple’ moulding. This vessel form relied on a Venetian model which may have been produced from as early as the mid-1530s until the early seventeenth century in Venice or in other centres making glass in the Venetian style. There has been some debate about the function of footed bowls of this type. It has been suggested that they were probably used in pharmacies. However evidence from paintings suggests that they were multifunctional. Paintings by Osias Beert the Elder and Peter Paul Rubens, dated to the second or third decade of the seventeenth century, show examples being used to serve or drink wine. However, in 'Still Life with Flowers, Fruit and Vegetables' (North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, North Carolina), dated c. 1610–1625, Giovanni Battista Crescenzi shows a bowl very similar to this one in use as a flower vase. Their representation in several early seventeenth-century paintings testifies to the popularity of this form at that time.