The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Goblet
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Venice
  • late 16th - first half 17th century
  • Colourless glass with pinkish-grey tinge throughout, except for two aquamarine-blue glass ornaments; mould-blown, applied and tooled features.
  • Height: 10.7 cm
    Diameter: 9.5 cm
  • C539
  • Sixteenth Century Gallery
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Further Reading
  • This extraordinarily fragile colourless glass goblet, with its bell-shaped bowl and aquamarine-blue chain-and-scroll ornaments, is a very appealing object. It combines several features associated with Venetian glass production: its extremely thin-walled bowl, its lightness and delicacy, and its deftly executed milled trails and turquoise-blue ornaments.
    Italian artists' depictions of glasses with a similar bowl shape span the first half of the seventeenth century, from Alessandro Allori's 'Christ with Mary and Martha' of 1605 in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, to 'Still Life with Parakeet' by Pier Francesco Cittadini (1613 or 1616-1681) in the Galleria Estense, Modena. 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.