Goblet with Grotesque Decoration

Object Name: 
Goblet with Grotesque Decoration

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Object Name: 
Goblet with Grotesque Decoration
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Accession Number: 
Overall H: 23.5 cm; Rim Diam: 14.4 cm; Base Diam: 12.8 cm
On Display
about 1500-1525
Web Description: 
After the 13th century, fine Venetian glass was decorated with gilding and fired enamels. Decorating a cristallo goblet with enamel was an elaborate process executed by specialists. Finely powdered glass, colored with metallic oxide and suspended in an oily medium, was applied to a vessel with a brush. As the glass was fired in the furnace, the medium burned away. Sometimes, several firings were required to fuse the various colors of an ornately enameled object. During the Renaissance, decorative motifs derived from classical antiquity were inspired by the discovery of ancient Roman wall paintings. These motifs, interlaced with vines or ribbons, included fantastic creatures, flowers, and coats of arms. The glass decorator probably used contemporary engravings as a source for these designs.
Kouchakji, Fahim, Source
de Rothschild, Gustave, Former Collection
Primary Description: 
Goblet. Flat based bowl of ogee profile joined by merese to three-part mold-blown (17 vertical ribs) stem consisting of central flattened knop cushioned above and below by smaller, similar knops; lower knop is fused to thick, solid peg, which joins stem to mold-blown (15 vertical ribs) pedestal foot, edge of which has strengthening thread applied to its upper surface; at apex of foot is exceptionally large pontil mark. Around base of bowl is applied cordon of glass that has been tooled into frill and is gilded. Stem and foot are gilded, with semée d’or (sown with gold) effect. Bowl enameled with overall design of putti disporting themselves among various Renaissance attributes. They are painted in opaque white touched with flesh (pink) tones, with all details rendered in black lines. In upper register, four winged putti sit astride pendent swags of green leaves bound with polychrome ribbons and embellished with central polychrome rosette. Putti have yellow wings and either red bootees laced with yellow or yellow bootees laced with black. They hold yellow crosier-like scrolls. Between and below them are four dancing putti, wingless but wearing bootees of green and blue. They grasp red and yellow ribbons that are suspended from blue canopies with red and yellow lappet fringes. Between these putti and somewhat below them are trophies of crossed narrow shields issuing from vases and surmounted alternately by barrel with crossed arrows and symmetrical lyre like arrangement of leafy scrollwork. Loops holding leaf swags of upper register are painted in yellow overlying red; gold leaf of upper border has been scratched away to receive them. This border is scratched with scale design entwined by dots of white enamel, and it is bordered above and below by single line of blue dots.
Liquid Refreshment: 2000 Years of Drinks and Drinking Glasses
Corning Museum of Glass 1993-04-24 through 1994-12-31
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass
Yokohama Museum of Art 1992-10-12 through 1992-12-13
The Art of Glass: Masterpieces from The Corning Museum of Glass
IBM Gallery 1989-12-12 through 1990-02-03
National Gallery of Art 1990-12 through 1991-04
Masterpieces of Glass from The Corning Museum of Glass
National Gallery of Art 1990-12-02 through 1991-04-14
Gloria dell Arte
Philbrook Museum of Art 1979-10 through 1980-01
The Triumph of humanism: a visual survey of the decorative arts of the Renassaince
California Palace of Legion of Honor 1977-10-22 through 1978-01-08
Three Great Centuries of Venetian Glass
Corning Museum of Glass
Altes Glas ([1951]) illustrated, pp. 66-67, #139; BIB# 18799
Through the Looking Glass: A Set of Table Goblets at Palazzo Falson, Mdina (2015) illustrated, p. 47; BIB# AI101298
Historia del Vidrio: desarrollo formal, technologico y cientifico (2012) illustrated, Fig. 69, p. 89; BIB# 139172
From Italy: Venice -- Glass Island (2011) illustrated, p. 47; BIB# AI92597
Richard La Londe and Friends (2009) illustrated, p. 29; BIB# 112312
Frabel: Excellence in Glass Art (2007) illustrated, p. 39; BIB# 100291
From Cinderella's Slippers to Fiber Optics (2003) illustrated, p. 38; BIB# 75015
Glass in Art, History, and Science at The Corning Museum of Glass (2003) illustrated, p. 69, no. 7;
Beauty of Glass (2000) illustrated, p. 136; BIB# 77736
The Story of Crystal (1998) illustrated, Venetian chapter; BIB# 85420
Shattering Perceptions Art and Craft in coalesce in Studio Glass (1997) p. 53;
The Corning Museum of Glass and the Finger Lakes Region (1993) illustrated, cover, p. 17, #25; BIB# 35681
All About Glass = Garasu Daihyakka (1993) p. 43; BIB# 36566
Yokohama Collection (1992-11) p. 18, ill.;
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass (1992) illustrated, p. 41, #29; BIB# 35679
Seasons Greetings from Sherry-Lehmann (1990/11) illustrated, front cover; BIB# 90994
A Short History of Glass (1990 edition) (1990) illustrated, pp. 46-47, #39; BIB# 33211
A Short History of Glass (1990 edition) (1990) illustrated, pp. 46-47, #39; BIB# 33211
Masterpieces of Glass: A World History From The Corning Museum of Glass (1990) illustrated, pp. 84-85, pl. 34; frontispiece; BIB# 33819
Living with Art (1988) illustrated, p. 313; BIB# 41486
Michelangelo & the Sistine Ceiling (1987) illustrated, p. 176; BIB# 112072
Living with art (1985) p. 295, ill.; BIB# 22982
Garasu Nyumon (Introduction to Glass) (1983) illustrated, p. 73; BIB# 32417
Vetri, gionelti, smalti, tabacchiere (1981) illustrated, p. 15; BIB# 30910
Appointments 1982 (1981) illustrated, Front cover; p. 16, left; BIB# 67110
Story of Glass Coloring Book (1981) illustrated, p. 24, p. 28, lower left; front cover, lower right; BIB# 67749
A Short History of Glass (1980 edition) (1980) illustrated, pp. 46-47, #37; BIB# 21161
Gloria dell'Arte: A Renaissance Perspective (1979) p. 54, frontispiece; BIB# 20950
The Triumph of Humanism (1977) p. 15, fig. 8, p. 90, #193; BIB# 21145
The Corning Glass Center (1959) illustrated, p. 14; BIB# 99843
Glas (1958) illustrated, p.56, fig. 51; BIB# 25567
The Corning Glass Center (1958) illustrated, p. 14; BIB# 26395
Three Great Centuries of Venetian Glass (1958) pp. 42-43, ill., #21; BIB# 63296
Barcelona glass in Venetian style (1956) fig. 4; BIB# 28323
Art in Glass (1955) p. 142;
Three Centuries of European Glass (1955) p. 59;