Drinking Tazza

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Object Name: 
Drinking Tazza
Accession Number: 
58.3.180
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 16.7 cm; Rim Diam: 18.9 cm; Foot Diam: 9.8 cm
Location: 
On Display
Date: 
1550-1599
Web Description: 
An Englishman traveling in Italy in the 17th century observed that “for the Italians that love to drink leisurely, they have glasses that are almost as large and flat as silver plates, and almost as uneasie to drink out of. . . .” The tazza, a most sophisticated glass for the drinking of red wine, allows maximum contact between the wine and oxygen in the air. Such glasses, which required a steady hand, are often seen in Italian pictures of the 16th and early 17th centuries. The lion-mask stem of this glass was blown in a two-part mold. It shows two lions’ heads in full face, separated by shields. Composite stems were a staple in the repertory of 16th-century Venetian glassmakers.
Department: 
Provenance: 
Eigel, Cologne, Former Collection
Kunsthaus Lempertz, Cologne, Source
1958
Eigel, Cologne, Former Collection
Kunsthaus Lempertz, Cologne, Source
1958
Primary Description: 
Colorless bubbly glass with dark tinge; free-blown, pattern-molded and gilded. Conical folded foot with rough pontil mark, inverted baluster with two lion masks and two festoons flanked by vertical ribbing (pattern-molded), below a merese-like knop, above a flattened and ribbed knop flanked by spool-like parts, wide shallow bowl; rim of foot, baluster, knop and a band below rim are gilded.
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
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass 2004-05-13 through 2004-10-17
 
Wine: Celebration and Ceremony
Venue(s)
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution 1985-06-04 through 1985-10-13
East Side Winter Antiques Show
Venue(s)
Park Avenue Armory
 
Czechoslovak & Italian Glass
Venue(s)
Museum of Contemporary Crafts 1964-09-15 through 1964-12-01
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
 
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass 2004-05-13 through 2004-10-17
Wine: Celebration and Ceremony
Venue(s)
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution 1985-06-04 through 1985-10-13
 
East Side Winter Antiques Show
Venue(s)
Park Avenue Armory
Czechoslovak & Italian Glass
Venue(s)
Museum of Contemporary Crafts 1964-09-15 through 1964-12-01
 
Beyond Venice: Glass in Venetian Style, 1500-1750 (2004) illustrated, preface, fig. 2; BIB# 79761
Dante Marioni: Blown Glass (2000) p. 15; BIB# 65139
Title Unknown (Weltkunst) (1958-06-01) p. 14;
Title Unknown (Weltkunst) (1958-06-01) p. 14;
Gemalde, Ikonen, Skulpturen, Glas, Kunstgewerbe, #450 (1958-06) #710, pl. 53;
Gemalde, Ikonen, Skulpturen, Glas, Kunstgewerbe, #450 (1958-06) #710, pl. 53;