Venetian-style Twin-handled Vase

Object Name: 
Venetian-style Twin-handled Vase

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Object Name: 
Venetian-style Twin-handled Vase
Accession Number: 
2008.4.128
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 32 cm, W: 14.5 cm, Diam (max): 10.4 cm
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
1894-1910
Primary Description: 
Translucent dark (appearing black) amethyst, and colorless glass; mold-blown, tooled, applied gold leaf. Tall, dark (appearing black) elongated spool shape with 20 vertical ribs and two applied colorless handles with flaked gold leaf decoration overall.
Department: 
Provenance: 
DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Source
Material: 
Inscription: 
13 / LDC.88.5
label
Label/adhesive On underside of base Rectangular whitle label with black printed and handwritten text.
Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano
Venue(s)
Smithsonian American Art Museum 2021-03-19 through 2021-09-26
Amon Carter Museum of American Art 2021-11-14 through 2022-02-06
Ca' Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art 2022-03-26 through 2022-07-24
The Smithsonian American Art Museum is organizing a major exhibition entitled, "Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano". This traveling exhibition and its accompanying catalogue will be the first cross-media survey of the American Grand Tour experience of late 19th century Venice, including fine and decorative arts. The focus of this project is the long-renowned glassmaking industry on the Venetian island of Murano and its remarkable growth between 1860 and 1915. This Venetian Glass Revival coincided with a surge in Venice's popularity as a destination for American tourists, leading to frequent depictions of Italian glassmakers and glass objects by leading American artists. Though shifts in taste later denigrated Venetian glass vessels, beads, and mosaics as derivative or kitsch, this project examines the reasons these colorful and exquisitely crafted objects and their creators became subjects of paintings, etchings, and drawings. It then traces the international impact of this artistic cross-pollination to American households, schools, and museums. This study hinges on the juxtaposition of works of Italian glass with specific paintings and prints by John Singer Sargent, James MacNeill Whistler, William Merritt Chase, Maurice Prendergast, Thomas Moran, and others. International travel was central to these artists' practice, and their experiences of Venice followed established patterns, including visits to glass factories. They subsequently developed distinct styles and medium specialties, but this show explores Venice as a common thread in their work and explains the significance of glass within these images. Though glittery colors and flamboyant sculptural flourishes made Venetian glass seem frivolous to later eyes, these objects originally connoted appreciation for beauty, respect for history and science, and, on a societal level, commitment to political self-determination and economic individualism. Collecting of Venetian glass expressed these values, and when references to Murano's products and craftspeople appear in works of fine art, they reinforce statements of identity, or, in some cases, critique and challenge them. Curated by Crawford Alexander Mann III., SAAM's curator of prints and drawings, "Sargent, Whistler and Venetian Glass" will be presented at SAAM in Washington, DC from March 19 to September 26, 2021; at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, TX from November 14, 2021 to February 6, 2021; and at the Ca' Pesaro Galleria Internazionale d'Arte Moderna in Venice, Italy from March 26, 2022 to July 24, 2022.