Drinking Flask (Cantir)

Object Name: 
Drinking Flask (Cantir)

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Object Name: 
Drinking Flask (Cantir)
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
54.3.143
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 40.3 cm, Diam (max): 19 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
about 1650-1750
Web Description: 
The càntir serves as a drinking flask in Spain. The vessel type is still in use today in some regions. By holding it high up, the liquid pour out of the spout and, if aimed correctly, into the mouth. Thereby, as is the custom in some oriental nations, the mouth did not have to touch the vessel.
Department: 
Provenance: 
de Koenigsberg, Nicolas, Source
1954
Primary Description: 
Clear glass with small bubbles and impurities; free-blown and dip-molded, applied and tooled. Hollow conical foot with pushed-up base and rough pontil mark, ends in an angular knop, bowl tapers downwards and has a sloping cover-like top, composite handle-finial consists of oval ring attached to the bowl by a clamp and has incorporated white latticinio spirals, a stem surrounded by four triangular loops, and a bird-shaped top; the bowl has flat ribs swirling from right to left; applied decoration: three crimped pointed pieces at knop above foot, transparent blue and opaque white crimped crest-like threads form irregular spirals, semi-circles and rings on the bowl, a slender pointed and a short broad spout on the shoulder of the bowl, both having a blue pointed crimped piece at their bottom, the latter having a blue thick crimped rim, blue crimped crests on the ring-handle, blue and white crimped pieces with an impressed pattern on the bottom of the triangular loops; bird has a white crest and tail and blue wings.
The Fragile Art: Extraordinary Objects from The Corning Museum of Glass
Venue(s)
Park Avenue Armory 2009-01-23 through 2009-02-01
The 55th Annual Winter Antiques Show
The Gather (2004) illustrated, p. 4;
Beyond Venice: Glass in Venetian Style, 1500-1750 (2004) illustrated, p. 138, no. 12; BIB# 79761
History of Glass Crafts (1990-07) p. 52;
A Short History of Glass (1980 edition) (1980) illustrated, p. 49, #42; BIB# 21161