Dragon-Stem Goblet

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Dragon-Stem Goblet
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Overall H: 26.2 cm; Rim Diam: 7.7 cm; Foot Diam: 10.2 cm
On Display
Web Description: 
This dragon-stem goblet exemplifies the virtuosity of Venetian glassmakers. The complex, colorful stem shows a serpent with a convoluted body, outspread wings, open jaws, and a crest. Known in Italian as vetri a serpenti, serpent-stem goblets were very fashionable in the 17th century. The serpent motif is frequently found in the decorative arts of the Baroque period. The high viscosity of the Venetian soda-lime glass was ideal for the creation of such elaborate forms. Substantial numbers of large covered glasses with flat, symmetrical serpent stems were made by Venetian craftsmen in the Netherlands and Germany during the second half of the 17th century. In the 18th century, many of these glasses were engraved with genre scenes, floral motifs, and inscriptions.
Mannheim Collection, Former Collection
Brigham, Mrs. Harry Hillyer, Former Collection
Primary Description: 
Goblet. Straight sided bowl with fire polished rim; rounded base, supported by merese and blown gourd shaped double knop; lower knop twisted, with 14 ribs. Lower knop is capped and attached with glue-bit to dragon stem made of twisted, molded 12 ribbed cable of colorless glass enclosing one red and two white canes; white canes are partly enclosed in aqua colored glass. Red cane and at least one white cane are cased in colorless glass (they appear hollow). Twisted cable is S shaped; upper, thicker part, which forms dragon’s head, is applied, with colorless glass muzzle, aqua colored snipped crest, pinched “ears” and “eye,” and, below these, two snipped wings. Wings and ears have been pinched with very subtle waffle patterned tool. Lower part of cable is coiled and edged with applied notched ribbons of colorless glass. Both ends of cane are broken off; top end is fire polished, and tip is rough. Dragon is joined, with glue-bit, to mold-blown (12 ribs) knop and merese, which forms upper part of capstan; capstan is supported by shallow, blown foot with pontil mark.
Corning Museum of Glass
Changing Exhibitions Gallery
Corning Museum of Glass 2004-05-13 through 2004-10-17
Islam and the Medieval West
University Art Museum, Binghamton 1975 through 1975
Decorative Arts of the Italian Renaissance, 1400-1600
Detroit Institute of Arts 1958-11-18 through 1959-01-04
Three Great Centuries of Venetian Glass
Corning Museum of Glass
Altes Glas ([1951]) illustrated, pp. 68, 68, #140; BIB# 18799
Escort Guide to the Galleries (2013) illustrated, p.17; BIB# 134015
Escort Guide to the Galleries [V4/2013] (2013) illustrated, p. 17; BIB# 134856
From Italy: Venice -- Glass Island (2011) illustrated, p. 46, right; BIB# AI92597
Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants (2010) illustrated, pp. 86-87, figure 1; pp. 252-253, #127; BIB# 115588
Glass, Knocking at the Door of Art (2010) illustrated, p. 32; BIB# 115616
Corning Museum of Glass (2009-01) illustrated, p. 6; BIB# 109342
The Corning Museum of Glass (2009-01) illustrated, p. 235, Fig. 5;
Window, mirror, and prism (2009-01) illustrated, p. 126;
Shades of Glass (2006) illustrated, p. 20, top; BIB# 100967
European Glass in the Venetian Style 1500-1750 (2004-08) illustrated, p. 72; BIB# AI63553
Beyond Venice: Glass in Venetian Style, 1500-1750 (2004) illustrated, preface, fig. 3; BIB# 79761
Where Things Come From (1997) illustrated, p. 45; BIB# 84627
Shattering Perceptions Art and Craft in coalesce in Studio Glass (1997) p. 52;
The Corning Museum of Glass, Curators' Choice (1995) illustrated, #7; BIB# 36655
Venechia Garasu no Miryoko (1995) p. 11;
The Bulfinch illustrated encyclopedia of antiques (1994) illustrated, p. 92; BIB# 26855
The Corning Museum of Glass and the Finger Lakes Region (1993) illustrated, p. 18, #29; BIB# 35681
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass (1992) illustrated, p. 46, #34; BIB# 35679
History of Glass Crafts (1990-07) p. 48;
A Short History of Glass (1990 edition) (1990) illustrated, p. 52, #40; p. 51; BIB# 33211
William Gudenrath: The Art of Experiment (1990) illustrated, p. 40; BIB# AI25540
Il Vetro Veneziano (1982) illustrated, p. 132, fig. 123; BIB# 30775
Vetri, gionelti, smalti, tabacchiere (1981) illustrated, p. 14; BIB# 30910
Story of Glass Coloring Book (1981) illustrated, p. 27, left; back insdie cover, left; BIB# 67749
A Short History of Glass (1980 edition) (1980) illustrated, pp. 46,-47, #38; BIB# 21161
Islam and the Medieval West (1975) illustrated, no. G29; BIB# 18974
Glas (1958) illustrated, p. 47, fig. 43;
Glas (1958) fig. 43; BIB# 25567
Three Great Centuries of Venetian Glass (1958) #84, pp. 84-85; BIB# 63296