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ewer

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    S.664

  • Description

    Ewer; glass; body moulded with band of two lions around centre; body rests on knop and metal-mounted bell-foot; trefoil mouth on neck with arched opalescent handle ornamented throughout with spiralling bands of plain white and filigree.

  • Date

    • 16thC(late)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 27 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Compare a very similar vase in form, moulding, size and decoration in Cremona, Museo Civico, illustrated in Ciappi 2006, no. 17 which has a frieze of moulded birds and may be from the same Murano workshop. Interesting with regard to Aretino's letter of 1531 discussing all'antica glass forms realised by best Veneitan glassmakers, requesting Giovanni da Udine to provide designs.Compare also example in Liege and S 941 here. DFT

    Another similar vase moulded with dragons, vetro a retorti, sold at Christie's December 6th 2012, lot 141.

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  • Bibliography

    • Tait 1979 156 bibliographic details
    • Higgott 2011 no.1 (compared) bibliographic details
    • Ciappi 2006 p. 92 bibliographic details
    • Nesbitt 1871 p.118, fig.206 bibliographic details
  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1868

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number

    S.664

Ewer; glass; body moulded with band of two lions around centre; body rests on knop and metal-mounted bell-foot; trefoil mouth on neck with arched opalescent handle ornamented throughout with spiralling bands of plain white and filigree.

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