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  • Place of origin:

    Venice (probably, made)

  • Date:

    16th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Millefiori glass

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Glass, Room 131, case 9, shelf 2

‘Millefiori’ glass, or glass of a thousand flowers, shows small multicoloured glass patches on a colourless background. It is made using prepared multicoloured glass 'canes'. These canes are cut into small sections that are scattered in a random manner on a smooth metal or stone surface. The glassmaker then prepares a bubble of colourless glass from the furnace, and rolls this over the colourful cane sections. These stick to the molten glass surface and can be 'marvered' smoothly into the glass surface by rolling it over a flat, clean surface and repeatedly reheating the bubble in the furnace mouth. Finally, the bubble can be further expanded by blowing and shaping into a hollow object.

Place of Origin

Venice (probably, made)


16th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Millefiori glass


Height: 9.5 cm

Descriptive line

Bottle, blown millefiori glass, probably Italy (Venice), 1500-99

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

A.-E. Theuerkauff-Liederwald, Venezianisches Glas der Kunstsammlungen der Veste Coburg, Lingen 1994, cat. 1, pp. 62-63, for a mounted decorative shere made with similar millefiori canes.

Production Note

According to Prof. Giovanni Sarpellon of Murano, mid 19th century Theuerkauff-Liederwald 14-10-96: OK, greyish tint very similar to Coburg piece.


Glass; Containers


Ceramics Collection

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