Roundel with Portrait of Margaret of Austria

Object Name: 
Roundel with Portrait of Margaret of Austria

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Object Name: 
Roundel with Portrait of Margaret of Austria
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Overall H: 0.7 cm, Diam (max): 8.2 cm
On Display
Web Description: 
The portrait disk is most likely a fragment from a tazzalike vessel similar to an armorial tazza in The British Museum, London. The portrait derives from an oil painting of Duchess Margaret of Austria by Antonis Mor (about 1516-about 1576) in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, formerly at Ambras Castle. Mor painted his middle-aged patron at her court in Mechelen about 1563. Margaret of Austria (1522-1586) became known as Margaret of Parma when she became duchess of Parma in 1550. She was named regent of the Netherlands in 1559, a position from which she resigned in 1567. In 1580, she was again entrusted with the civil administration of the country, but she was finally relieved of her duties in 1583.
Galerie fur Glasmalerei, Source
Primary Description: 
Colorless glass; blown, gilded, enameled. Slightly concave and composed of two colorless disks of thinly blown glass fused together. The bottom disk is decorated on the front: circular border of foliate scrollwork between solid lines is engraved in gold foil near the edge. Bust-length portrait facing right is painted with enamel. The painted modeling is achieved by carefully hatched lines. The lady wears a black dress with a high collar and white ruff, and a double string of pearls around her neck. A short, diaphanous white veil with a painted silver edge is held with a band of red, blue and white jewels in her hair. A few ornamental gold buttons decorate the sleeves and bodice of her dress. There is a small pontil mark on the reverse, framed by a second, larger circle that is ground. The frame consists of turned wood with deep moldings on the front. The back is flat and ridged to hold the roundel. Fragments of paper adhere to the wood and a rusted fragment of an iron nail or screw is embedded at one side. The front surface is stained black-brown.
Corning Museum of Glass 2004-05-13 through 2004-10-17
Enamelling and Gilding on Glass (2013) illustrated, p. 84; BIB# 142116
Beyond Venice: Glass in Venetian Style, 1500-1750 (2004) illustrated, pp. 254-255, no. 2; BIB# 79761
Recent Important Acquisitions, 24 (1982) illustrated, p. 83, #21; BIB# AI9252
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1981 (1982) illustrated, p. 4;