Blue Ewer

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Title: 
Blue Ewer
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
2008.3.15
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 23.8 cm, W: 15.6 cm, Rim Diam: 5.9 cm; Foot Diam: 9.6 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
about 1475-1550
Web Description: 
Catalonia, in northeastern Spain, was one of the many regions of Renaissance Europe where glass was made in the Venetian style. Beginning in the late 15th century, Catalan glassmakers produced a wide variety of glassware, much of which had applied, enameled, or engraved decoration. This handsome ewer was made in Catalonia around 1500. It was decorated by adding a second gather and inflating it in a mold to form 18 vertical ribs, which were pinched together to form a pattern of diamonds. After this, a trail of white glass was wound around the ribs. The trail melted into the ribs but, when the gather was further inflated, it broke over the gaps, leaving a pattern of white spots.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Green Valley Auction, Source
2008-03-13
Material: 
Inscription: 
632
label
Sticker On side of foot Circular white sticker with black handwritten text.
Primary Description: 
Deep blue glass with seeds, opaque white lattimo glass; mold-blown, threaded, applied. Flattened globular body with second gather, mold-blown with 18 vertical ribs that have subsequently been pinched together with tweezers, into a "nipt diamond waies"-pattern. Joined by wide flattened knop, blown pedestal foot, widened in the middle, the upper portion with 18 ribs, outfolded edge, and rough pontil mark. Applied lattimo threads on rim and in the fold of the foot; this thread, starting with big spot on shoulder, is spun all the way down to the constriction of foot, but has been broken up by optical blowing and thus sits as spots on the ribs. Applied, ribbed, curved, attenuated spout reaching up from shoulder, the broken-off mouth with applied lattimo thread, with two applied, bifurcated prunts on front and back. Some of the white threading has been drawn up the spout. Ear-shaped handle with groove running down its back, applied on bulge below rim and cast-off on shoulder. Outer portions on top of handle pinched into two ends that form a thumb rest. Attached to lower end of handle a somewhat shapeless, bifurcated prunt.
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass
Changing Exhibitions Gallery
Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants (2010) illustrated, pp. 248-249, #125; BIB# 115588
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2008 (2009) illustrated, p. 9;
Recent Acquisitions (2008) illustrated, p. 11 (top left); BIB# AI77256