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  • Place of origin:

    Europe (made)
    Germany (probably, south, made)

  • Date:

    1550 - 1625 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    filigree glass (a retorti), mould-blown

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Medieval & Renaissance, Room 62, The Foyle Foundation Gallery, case 11

The filigree decoration of this glass is distorted by the mould-blown, knobbly surface at its base. This recalls the shape of Medieval beakers, where the pattern was either mould-blown or in the shape of applied round pads or spikes of glass, known as prunts. Such decorations had the function of preventing the glass from slipping when handled with greasy hands during the meal. Here the effect is purely decorative, as the elegant diner would have held the the glass by its foot. The delicate filigree decoration in the glass imitates Venetian examples.

Physical description

Conical shaped glass with a knobbly surface at its base.

Place of Origin

Europe (made)
Germany (probably, south, made)


1550 - 1625 (made)

Materials and Techniques

filigree glass (a retorti), mould-blown


Height: 14.5 cm, Width: 9.8 cm greatest width

Descriptive line

Glass goblet, Europe, probably southern Germany, 1550-1625, 1814-1855


Ceramics Collection

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