Drinking glass by French

Large bowl made from blown glass, resting on hollow ribbed knop, with a plain foot.

Details

Medium:
Glass Dimensions: Height 16.5 cm; diameter 17.5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£9,500 ( Total: £18,750)
Acquired in:
2004
Vendor:
Dragesco-Cramoisan, Paris

Decorated with white threads in a variety of patterns using the Venetian technique known as 'vetro a fili' or 'vetro a retorti'. The goblet is an extremely rare survival, made for the luxury market, and possibly intended for display to demonstrate the owner's wealth and taste rather than for use.

Provenance

Private collection (French); Dragesco-Cramoisan, Paris.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

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