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  • Place of origin:

    Venice (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1550-1600 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Filigree glass

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 56, The Djanogly Gallery, case 1

Object Type
Tazza is the Italian word for a vessel with a shallow bowl on a foot. This tazza was a typical drinking glass for wine. It required considerable skill and sophistication to be able to drink from such a shallow glass without spilling. The use of tazze (plural for tazza) was restricted to the higher classes in society. The particular shape of this tazza was typical for the second half of the 16th and the early 17th century. Similar objects were also made in silver or silver-gilt, and were used for both wine and dry sweetmeats.

The international reputation of fine glassware from Venice had reached its peak by the 16th century. Sophisticated glassware was imported at great expense. Henry VIII's inventory of 1547 includes several sorts of Venetian glass, including some in 'diaper worke', which almost certainly refers to filigree glass.

Place of Origin

Venice (probably, made)


1550-1600 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Filigree glass


Height: 13.0 cm, Width: 16.2 cm maximum

Object history note

Probably made in Venice, Italy

Descriptive line

Tazza, probably Italy (Venice), , 1550-1650, 1860-1855 .

Labels and date

British Galleries:
Merchants imported sophisticated glassware into Britain from Venice at great expense. This glass, probably made in Venice, demonstrates the filigree technique that was invented by Venetian makers in about 1527. The glass maker would stretch canes or rods of molten glass into threads. These were incorporated into clear glass to create this delicate effect. [27/03/2003]


Glass; Food vessels & Tableware; Containers


Ceramics Collection

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