An ancient Roman vessel decorated by undercutting so that the surface decoration stands free of the body of the glass, supported by struts. The vessel appears, therefore, to be enclosed in an openwork cage. Cage cups are sometimes known as diatreta or vasa diatreta.
(French, “vermiculate”) design: A convoluted ground pattern resembling worm tracks.
(French) A decorative technique in which gold or silver leaf is applied to the back side of a piece of glass, engraved, and protected by varnish, metal foil, or another piece of glass. The name is derived from the French mirror and picture framer Jean-Baptiste Glomy (d. 1786). Decoration of this type, however, had been made since the 13th century, and the term reverse foil engraving is preferable.
(Italian, “glass with threads”) A type of blown glass made with canes that form a pattern of parallel lines.
(Italian, “filigree glass”) The generic name for blown glass made with colorless, white, and sometimes colored canes. The filigrana style originated on the island of Murano in the 16th century and spread rapidly to other parts of Europe where façon de Venise glass was produced. Manufacture on Murano continued until the 18th century, and it was revived in the 20th century.
(Italian, “glass with a small network”) A type of blown glass made with canes organized in a crisscross pattern to form a fine net, which may contain tiny air traps.
(Italian, “glass with twists”) A type of blown glass made with canes that have been twisted to form spiral patterns.
(Italian, “lace glass”) A term loosely applied to various types of vetro a reticello.
A first-century A.D. Roman mold-blown drinking vessel inscribed in Greek with words meaning “Take the victory.”