- Museum number
Plate; clear glass; shallow bowl with slight kick in centre; wide rim and folded edge; plate ornamented with three radiating bands of engraving and gilding; engraved designs including birds, masks, satyrs and crossed Papal Keys.
- Production date
- 1550-1575 (circa)
Diameter: 26.40 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Part of a set of 12 surviving pieces and a goblet from a papal service made for Pius IV. Two similarly decorated plates with the arms of Pius IV (1559-66) are recorded in the V&A and Toledo Museum of Glass.Another without arms in Ashmolean. Probably not commissioned until 1560 when his election was fially confirmed. The ornament is probably derived from prints with grotesques, as Johannes Mathesius (1504-1565) wrote in 1562: "nowadays all sort of festooning and handsome lines are drawn by diamond on the nice and bright Venetian glasses". Diamond engraving was a new technique granted a sole patent to Vincenzo di Angelo dal Gallo in 1549. Possibly engraved in Milan, Pius IV's home city, a centre of engraving on armour and gems.Patterns are closely comparable on two plates in BM and Toledo example, and they are clearly part of the same set given the papal keys insignia. Compare engraved and gilded plate, no papal insignia, in Glasgow, acquired in 1980 from Earl Clanwilliam, E.1980.64.DFT
For comparison see Jutta-Annette Page, The Art of Glass: the Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo 2006 p.88.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number