The Wallace Collection

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Goblet
  • Goblet
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Probably façon de Venise
  • c. late 16th-17th century
  • Clear glass with brownish-pink tinge throughout, except for turquoise-blue glass wing elements; mould-blown, applied and tooled features.
  • Height: 14.9 cm
    Diameter: 10.9 cm
  • C541
  • Sixteenth Century Gallery
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  • The denticulated decoration in colourless glass on the pair of opposed wings applied to this goblet stem is known in Italian as 'morise'. As is the case here, 'morise' in colourless glass were often applied to a contrasting blue scroll. 'Morise' was an ornamental feature of enduring popularity for the decoration of Venetian and Venetian-style drinking glasses.While some glasses with this feature have been dated to the end of the sixteenth or beginning of the seventeenth century, they are often dated to the wider seventeenth century. Vessels with wings similar to those on this goblet were among finds from a ship wrecked at the end of the seventeenth or beginning of the eigheenth century and goblets with similar wings are depicted in still lives painted by several artists during the first two decades of the eighteenth century. The form of stem shaft and style of wing ornament seen on C541 are often dated to the seventeenth century. While some goblets with similar stems have been attributed to Venice, others have been described as being made elsewhere in the Venetian style ('façon de Venise'). This goblet was probably not made in Venice, but elsewhere in the Venetian style, as its brownish-pink tinge may indicate.