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Goblet
  • Goblet
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Venice or 'façon de Venise' (probably Low Countries)
  • Probably mid-17th century
  • Colourless glass with pink tinge throughout, except for two dark-blue glass wings; moulded, applied, sheared and tooled features.
  • Height: 19.5 cm
    Diameter: 14.1 cm
  • C552
  • Sixteenth Century Gallery
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  • This exuberant goblet exemplifies the consummate skill of glass-makers working in the Venetian tradition. It features an unusually wide bowl with broken half-ribbing radiating from its base and a continuous applied trail that encircles it ten times. An 'avolio' (spool-shaped construction) at each end of the open-work section joins the stem to the bowl and to the foot.
    Goblets with broken half-ribbing occur in a number of paintings dating between the early seventeenth century and the 1660s by artists of various schools. The feature appears to have been at its most fashionable from the 1640s to the 1660s, as is shown by the majority of the dated paintings, including ‘Still Life with Oysters and Grapes’ by Jan Davidsz. de Heem, of 1653 (Los Angeles County Museum of Art). Its use may have continued into the early eighteenth century. Broken half-ribbing was a popular feature of the 'façon de Venise', especially in the Low Countries. Bowls with broken half-ribbing regularly occur in conjunction with stem features which are often dated to the seventeenth century, such as spiral ribbing and winged elements, both of which feature on C552. Here, the openwork section comprises a spirally ribbed tube in a figure-of-eight embellished with opposed wings suggesting sea-horses with pincered manes at right angles to opposed dark-blue C-shaped scroll wings. Based on the evidence of glasses depicted in Dutch paintings, the elaborate openwork stem of C552 suggests that it was made in the mid-seventeenth century.