Beaker

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Object Name: 
Beaker
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
55.3.12
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 10.2 cm; Base Diam: 6.2 cm; Rim Diam: 8.1 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
1475-1499
Primary Description: 
Clear cristallo with only slightly greyish tint; mould-blown, enameled and gilt decoration. Beaker of slightly bulging cylindrical shape, with gently “kicked” domed base, round which a self-coloured cordon of glass has been laid and then notched probably with tweezers. In the apex of the foot is the trace of a pontil-mark. The beaker is decorated for about two-thirds of its height with ribbing mould-blown on a second gather, the twelve ribs then being pinched together alternately to form a rough mesh design in two complete registers (nipt-diamond-waies). Within the lozenges of the mesh have been painted circles of six flower-heads resembling lilies of the valley surrounding a central dot, the colors used, in various combinations, being brownish-red, pale blue and white. Above the tops of the ribs runs a horizontal border of green S-shaped “leaves” on either side of a horizontal red line, this being interrupted at four points by the same motif as fills the rib-lozenges. Below the rim is a simple gilt band, the lower edge of which has been scratched into square lappets, the upper part originally overlaid with a single row of pale blue dots (mostly fallen away), while below this border is a row of white dots laid on the glass. There are traces of gilding on the ribs.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Asfar & Sarkis, Former Collection
1955
Moments of Vision: Venice and the Islamic World, ca. 1300-1700
Venue(s)
Institut du Monde Arabe 2006-10-02 through 2007-02-18
Metropolitan Museum of Art 2007-03-26 through 2007-07-08
Three Great Centuries of Venetian Glass
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass
 
Venetia si Orientul (2007-01) illustrated, p. 46, top right;
Venezia e l'Islam 828-1797 (2007) illustrated, p. 284; BIB# 101319
Venise et l'Orient 828-1797 (2006) illustrated, pp. 264-265, cat. 161; p. 342, cat. 161; BIB# 103088
Bazaar to piazza: Islamic trade and Italian art, 1300-1600 (2002) illustrated, p. 122, fig. 128; BIB# 63256