The Wallace Collection

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  • Vase
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Façon de Venise
  • c. 1550-early 17th century
  • Clear glass with a grey-green tinge; mould-formed, applied and tooled features and gilding.
  • Height: 17.3 cm
    Diameter: 11.1 cm
  • C523
  • Sixteenth Century Gallery
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Further Reading
  • This vase form is inspired by precedents from Classical antiquity. Variants of this vessel shape occur in Italian art throughout the sixteenth century. Spanning the century, examples were illustrated by Francesco Colonna in 'Hypnerotomachia Poliphili', published in Venice in 1499, while in the mid-century Titian illustrated a glass of this form in 'Diana and Actaeon' of 1556-9 (National Gallery, London and National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh) and Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio included a similar glass in 'Penitent Magdalene', probably dating to the mid-1590s (Doria-Pamphili Gallery, Rome).
    Early seventeenth-century drawings of or for glasses with similar features to those of C523 are known. A closely comparable example with handles is shown on a sheet attributed to Jacopo Ligozzi, perhaps after 1618 (Gabinetto dei Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi, Florence). The very small foot on C523 is reminiscent of those on glasses depicted by Giovanni Maggi in the 'Bichierografia' of 1604 (Gabinetto dei Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi and Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze, Florence).
    Glasses of similar shape to C523 have been variously attributed to Venice or described as being in the Venetian style. However, the grey-green tinge of C523, as well as its large knop and relatively small foot, are uncharacteristic of Venetian production and suggest that it was made elsewhere in the Venetian style.
    The gilding on the trail and knop was applied during the hot working process, in which gold leaf was picked up on the hot glass and fused to it.