The Wallace Collection

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  • Goblet
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Probably Spain (façon de Venise), or possibly Venice
  • Probably 17th century (if Spanish)
    Possibly second half of the 19th century (if Venetian)
  • Colourless glass with slight straw tinge throughout; mould-blown and tooled features.
  • Height: 19.3 cm
    Diameter: 12 cm
  • C551
  • Sixteenth Century Gallery
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Further Reading
  • Opinion among glass specialists is divided as to whether this goblet is a genuine seventeenth-century goblet, or a nineteenth-century glass inspired by earlier examples in the Venetian style (façon de Venise). No exact parallels to this glass are known. However, Venetian-style goblets of a comparable shape with a similar bowl to stem proportion are variously dated to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.From a technical point of view, the construction of this goblet is not typical of Venetian production: the merese is poorly made and applied and the foot has been added directly to a hollow bulge at the base of the stem, without the inclusion of a merese between these components. The bulbous terminal is alien to Venetian practice. However, Spanish glass made in the 'façon de Venise' often has a yellow or straw tinge, as does this goblet, while the wide, lobed mouth and small foot seen here are design features of Spanish glass. Furthermore, unusaully shaped goblets sometimes occur in seventeenth-century 'façon de Venise' glass. Therefore there is a strong likelihood that this glass was made in seventeenth-century Spain in the 'façon de Venise', though a nineteenth-century origin cannot be entirely discounted.