Pitcher with Applique of a Bacchant

Object Name: 
Pitcher with Applique of a Bacchant

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Object Name: 
Pitcher with Applique of a Bacchant
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Accession Number: 
Overall H: 19.3 cm, Diam (max): 10.1 cm
On Display
about 50-75
Web Description: 
This vessel features, below the handle, an appliqué with the mask of a bacchant (a follower of Bacchus, the god of wine). Two methods of forming and attaching appliqués were employed in Europe during and after the Renaissance, and they probably were also used in Roman times. In the first method, the glassmaker slightly overfills a mold with molten glass. He then reheats the vessel and presses it against the excess glass. The glasses fuse, and the appliqué, now attached to the vessel, is withdrawn from the mold. The second method involves applying a blob of molten glass to the vessel and impressing it with a stamp. The larger the amount of molten glass, the greater the extent to which it softens and sometimes distorts the wall to which it is attached. For this reason, larger appliqués are usually molded and attached to the vessel after much of their heat has dissipated, while smaller appliqués are stamped.
Sangiorgi, Giorgio, Former Collection
Sangiorgi, Sergio, Source
Mylius Collection, Former Collection
Primary Description: 
Transparent yellowish-amber and opaque light blue glasses; blown, trailed, applied. Jug with ovoid body; rim outsplayed, folded down, up and in; short cylindrical neck; pushed-in, concave base; handle, which splays at point of attachment to shoulder, rises above rim before curving in and down to join it; on outer edge of rim, opaque light blue trail, applied before handle and extending on either side of it for almost one-quarter circumference of mouth, pinched to form two ridges near each extremity; on handle, opaque light blue trail making median rib; below handle, opaque blue applique with head of Medusa in relief.
Wine and Spirit: Rituals, Remedies, and Revelry
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum 2010-09-02 through 2010-12-12
Memorial Art Gallery of The University of Rochester 2011-01-30 through 2011-04-10
Liquid Refreshment: 2000 Years of Drinks and Drinking Glasses
Corning Museum of Glass 1993-04-24 through 1994-12-31
Glass of the Caesars
British Museum 1987-11-18 through 1988-03-06
Romisch-Germanisches Museum 1988-04-15 through 1988-10-18
Musei Capitolini 1988-11-03 through 1989-01-31
Corning Museum of Glass
vetri a Roma (2012) illustrated, p. 28, fig. 24;
Roman Glass in The Corning Museum of Glass, Volume Two (2001) pp. 225-226, pl. 797; BIB# 58895
The Magic and Mystery of Glass (1998) illustrated, p. 65;
Ein romischer Glashenkel mit Medaillon (1994-10) illustrated, pp. 2-3; BIB# AI41643
Ein Romischer Glashenkel mit Medaillon (1994) illustrated, p. 3 (Abb. 3), image reversed; BIB# 135661
Mario Carrieri fotografo (1993) p. 75;
Fran Mesopotamien till medeltid (1990-01) p. 45;
Glass to Dazzle a Caesar (1989) illustrated, p. 17;
The Franklin Mint (1987-11) p. 40 f; BIB# 48961
Glass of the Caesars (1987) illustrated, p. 118, #50; BIB# 31831
Collezione di Vetri Antichi dalle Origini al V sec. D.C. (1914) p. 27, pl. XI, #82; BIB# 35815
Catalogue d'Objets d'Art et de Curiosite formant la Galerie de Mr. Mylius de Genes (1879-11-05) p. 93, #660;