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Footed bowl

Footed bowl

  • Place of origin:

    Venice (made)

  • Date:

    1500-50 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Purple glass, with enamel and gilt decoration

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Place of Origin

Venice (made)


1500-50 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Purple glass, with enamel and gilt decoration


Width: 21.0 cm maximum

Historical context note

Venetian enamelled and gilt glass was a luxury product exported all over Italy and beyond. The glassmakers of Venice had an excellent and wide spread reputation for high-quality colourless glass and fine workmanship in gilding and enamelling.
Account books and inventories of the time sometimes mention small numbers of 'worked' or 'gilded' glass and often this is stated to have come from Venice or Murano, the Venetian island on which the glass industry was concentrated. The value of such items was often many times as great as that of ordinary beakers and bottles which were used in much greater quantities for daily use at the dinner table.
The more valuable enamelled and gilt glasses were almost certainly used for special occasions only. Their shapes were also more varied, including footed beakers and bowls, cooling vessels, dishes, ewers, basins and salts. The fact that such items were specially mentioned in inventories showed how they were treasured by their owners from the start. They were more likely to be kept in the bedchamber, in painted wooden chests, rather than in the kitchen where the more ordinary dining utensils were kept.
Footed bowls like this probably had a variety of uses, but certainly had a function as cooling vessel. Filled with water they were used to keep fruit and other food fresh.

Descriptive line

Footed bowl, Italy (Venice), 1500-1600

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

J.A Brooks 'Glass', London 1975




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