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Tazza

Tazza

  • Place of origin:

    Venice (city), Italy (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1550-1625 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Glass, mould-blown stem, diamond point engraved and traces of cold (un-fired) gilding

  • Museum number:

    C.215-1936

  • Gallery location:

    Medieval and Renaissance, room 62, case 11

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The very wide and shallow design of this cup originated in Italy. It was intended to improve the quality of red wine by bringing as much as possible into contact with oxygen in the air. However, the extreme shape of this vessel must have made it difficult to drink from without spilling. Sill-life paintings of the time show similar types of vessels, made in silver or gold, filled with candied fruit for consumption after a meal.
The shallow cup of this vessel shows signs of an elaborate cold (un-fired) decoration which has completely worn off over time.

Physical description

FACON DE VENISE

Place of Origin

Venice (city), Italy (probably, made)

Date

1550-1625 (made)

Artist/maker

unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Glass, mould-blown stem, diamond point engraved and traces of cold (un-fired) gilding

Marks and inscriptions

'S. ALFONS. GALARA...CAP.DE.JUSTIA' engraved on the foot.

Dimensions

Height: 15.6 cm, Diameter: 19 cm

Descriptive line

Tazza, probably Italy (Venice), 1550-1625

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

cf.cat.exh. Arts Council 1975; Andrea Palledro

Categories

Glass

Collection code

CER

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