- Museum number
- Object: The Verzelini goblet
Goblet; glass; ovoid bowl on lightly gilded, ribbed knop and plain foot; bowl divided into three registers by two gilded, applied bands, each bordered by thin opaque white thread circuit; diamond-engraved initials united by love-knot and date separated by foliate panel; inscription in middle register; simple scroll and gadroon decoration at bottom and on foot; narrow band of gilding on rim.
- Production date
Height: 13 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- See H. Tait (ed.), Five Thousand Years of Glass (London, BMP, 1991), fig.220; and D.B. Harden et al., The British Museum: Masterpieces of Glass, A Selection (London:1968), p.231.
Gallery Label: Gallery 46, Case 6, August 2005
Goblet, dated 1586, soda glass, gilding
It was not possible to make clear glass in England at this time. The high demand for this type of Venetian glass meant that glass workers from Venice were allowed to work in London under contract.
Attributed to the London workshop of the Venetian master glass worker, Giacomo Verzelini.
Gift of A.W. Franks, 1895; MLA 1895,6-3,17
All diamond-point engraved glasses in this group are dated 1577-90, during period of ban on Venetian imports into London by Verzelini's monopoly granted by Elizabeth in 1575 "for the making of drinking glasses such as be customably made in the town of Murano". Anthony de Lysle recorded as an engraver in London. Made at Crutched Friars glasshouse.
Another glass attributed to Verzelini in Ecouen: Danielle Velde, Glass Studies 2011,p.251, ECL 8629
- On display (G46/dc6/s5/sh2)
- Exhibition history
1970 1 May-31 Aug, London Museum, Glass Made or Used in London
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number