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On display at V&A South Kensington
Glass, Room 131

Tazza

1550-1600 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This type of shallow dish on a foot is called a tazza. It was in the first place a drinking glass for red wine, but it required the most sophisticated table manners to be able to drink from such a shallow glass without spilling. A tazza could also 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. The bowl of this tazza is made in the 'ice-glass' technique. This involved plunging a hot glass bubble into a bucket of cold water, causing cracks to form on its surface. These cracks would be visually enlarged by reheating and repeating the process and by further expanding the bubble by blowing.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Mould-blown and ice glass, with applied moulded decoration
Brief Description
Tazza, blown ice-glass with mould-blown stem, probably Italy (Venice), 1550-1600
Dimensions
  • Height: 14.5cm
  • Maximum width: 15.0cm
Style
Summary
This type of shallow dish on a foot is called a tazza. It was in the first place a drinking glass for red wine, but it required the most sophisticated table manners to be able to drink from such a shallow glass without spilling. A tazza could also 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. The bowl of this tazza is made in the 'ice-glass' technique. This involved plunging a hot glass bubble into a bucket of cold water, causing cracks to form on its surface. These cracks would be visually enlarged by reheating and repeating the process and by further expanding the bubble by blowing.
Other Number
8418 - Glass gallery number
Collection
Accession Number
3649-1856

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record createdDecember 13, 1997
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