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  • Place of origin:

    Venice (made)

  • Date:

    1475-1525 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mould-blown glass, enamelled and gilt

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by George Salting, Esq.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Glass, Room 131, case 7, shelf 2

Shallow dishes on a low foot, made of glass or metalwork were designed to serve food at the dining table. This fine glass example was made in Venice by the famous glass-blowers on the island of Murano. They gave this piece a relief pattern by blowing the glass bubble in a mould, prior to further expanding it and opening it out to become a dish. The decoration in gold leaf and painted enamels was applied after the bowl had been shaped and gradually cooled. After decorating, the bowl went back into the mouth of the furnace, where the enamels would melt and fuse with the glass surface. Once fired, the enamels could not be rubbed off the surface. The moulded pattern and the predominant use of gilding give this dish the appearance of precious metalwork. This dish originally had a foot; at some date it was broken, and consequently ground away.

Place of Origin

Venice (made)


1475-1525 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Mould-blown glass, enamelled and gilt


Diameter: 26.5 cm

Descriptive line

Dish, blown glass with enamelled and gilt decoration, Italy (Venice), 1475-1525

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

R.Ps 1910/3052½ M
Tait 1979, cat. 14
Barovier Mentasti, R. and Tonini, C. Murano, chefs-d'oeuvre de verre de la Renaissance au XXIe siecle. Paris: Gallimard, 2013.

Labels and date

This dish originally had a foot, it has since been broken and ground away. []

Production Note

A similarly moulded dish with the Arms of Louis XII of France and his Queen, Anne of Brittany (1499-1514) in the Toledo Museum of Art. (Art in Glass, Toledo Museum of Art, 1969, p. 47)




Glass; Containers; Eating; Food vessels & Tableware


Ceramics Collection

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