The Wallace Collection

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Footed Vessel
  • Footed Vessel
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Probably Venice
  • Probably late 16th- early 17th century
  • Clear glass body with pinkish-brown tinge; turquoise-blue glass foot and applied and tooled ornament.
  • Height: 11 cm
    Diameter: 7.7 cm
  • C535
  • Sixteenth Century Gallery
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • The precise function of this unusual small vessel, with its relatively constricted mouth, is not known. However, surface degradation across the widest point on one side may have been caused by adhesive tape from a label that identified the contents being attached to the unstable glass. The concave neck would be a practical shape around which to secure a cover. Two similar vessels in the British Museum have similarly shaped and located areas of surface degradation.
    While the simple body shape of this delicate glass points to a sixteenth century date, chain-and-scroll ornament is depicted in Italian pictorial sources dating from the late sixteenth to the first half of the seventeenth century and later.
    This vessel is so unusual that there is little comparative material that might provide an indication as to where it was made. It is suggested that it was most probably produced in Venice owing to the extreme thinness of the glass and the typically Venetian contrast of an almost colourless glass body with features in blue glass. The depictions of chain-and-scroll ornament in Italian sources support this attribution.