The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Vase
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Venice or façon de Venise
  • late 16th - first half 17th century
  • Colourless glass with warm grey tinge throughout, except for two Prussian-blue glass handles; mould-blown, applied and tooled features.
  • Height: 21 cm
    Diameter: 11 cm
  • C540
  • Sixteenth Century Gallery
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Further Reading
  • The scallop shell was a popular motif for Venetian and 'façon de Venise' glass vessels in the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It occurs also in contemporary Italian ceramics. In glass, it was a revival of a Roman glass form that had been especially popular in the Cologne area.
    Scallop-shaped vases such as this one were also made in blue glass, 'vetro a filigrana', opaque white and enamelled opaline glass. The shape was used, as well, for the bodies of glass lamps and for a wine-taster in the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto.
    The body of the vase was blown in a full-size mould and drawn up into a funnel-shaped neck. The taller of the opposed applied scroll handles in Prussian-blue glass is a replacement, decorated with a random linear pattern mimicking the regular hatched pattern seen on the original handle.