Goblet - inv. 1378

Venice, second half of 16th century

engraved glass   transparent glass  
height 154 mm, diameter 110 mm
1879 bequest Gian Giacomo Poldi Pezzoli
Inv. 1378

Antique Murano Glass Room

The bowl of the goblet is hemispherical and rests on a knopped stem. Three crested wings of blue glass were applied hot to the stem (they were fashioned with the pincers and known as morise). The whole goblet is richly decorated with flower motifs and birds, cut in the glass with a diamond point, a technique already used in Roman times and the Middle Ages. It was introduced to Murano in 1549 by Vincenzo d’Angelo del Gallo. Along the edge runs the inscription W AL: SIGe ZUANNE VIOLIN. The dedication and the refinement of the execution make this a rare and important piece.