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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Glass, Room 131

Tazza

1550-1625 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This type of shallow dish on a foot is called a tazza. It could be used for serving 'sweetmeats'. These were the different sorts of sugared and spiced fruits, conserves, biscuits and other confectionery that made up the final 'sweet' course of a banquet. Tazzas also served as drinking glasses for red wine. It required practice and the utmost care to drink from such a glass without spilling, and being able to do so was a sign of great sophistication.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Mould-blown glass
Brief Description
Tazza, blown glass, probably Italy (Venice), 1550-1625
Dimensions
  • Height: 15.0cm
  • Width: 17.0cm
Styles
Credit line
Soulages Collection
Summary
This type of shallow dish on a foot is called a tazza. It could be used for serving 'sweetmeats'. These were the different sorts of sugared and spiced fruits, conserves, biscuits and other confectionery that made up the final 'sweet' course of a banquet. Tazzas also served as drinking glasses for red wine. It required practice and the utmost care to drink from such a glass without spilling, and being able to do so was a sign of great sophistication.
Other Number
8419 - Glass gallery number
Collection
Accession Number
5567-1859

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record createdDecember 13, 1997
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