A façon de Venise diamond-point engraved, gilt and 'cold-painted' goblet and cover, Court Glasshouse, Innsbruck, circa 1570-91
Lot 5
A façon de Venise diamond-point engraved, gilt and 'cold-painted' goblet and cover, Court Glasshouse, Innsbruck, circa 1570-91
Sold for £51,650 (US$ 82,787) inc. premium

Lot Details
A façon de Venise diamond-point engraved, gilt and 'cold-painted' goblet and cover, Court Glasshouse, Innsbruck, circa 1570-91 A façon de Venise diamond-point engraved, gilt and 'cold-painted' goblet and cover, Court Glasshouse, Innsbruck, circa 1570-91
A façon de Venise diamond-point engraved, gilt and 'cold-painted' goblet and cover, Court Glasshouse, Innsbruck, circa 1570-91
The deep slightly flared bucket-shaped bowl decorated with a central band enclosing gilt and low-fired enamel foliate panels separated by cross-hatched diamonds, all below a gilt border and diamond-point engraved foliate band, the bowl set on a mould-blown stem with gadroons and lions' masks, flanked by collars, the conical foot with folded rim decorated with false gadroons, the domed cover with baluster finial, 24.6cm high (gilding rubbed) (2)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    The Toso Collection, Venice
    The Fritz Biemann Collection, Zürich, sold at Sotheby's, 16 June 1984, lot 49

    Exhibited:
    Lucerne, 1981, 3000 Jahre Glaskunst, Kunstmuseum Luzern, no.664

    For the type see E.Egg, Die Glashütten zu Hall und Innsbruck im 16. Jahrhundert, Tiroler Wirtschaftsstudien, 15, Innsbruck (1962), pl.XIX, no.41.

    It is interesting to note that an almost identical goblet is in the Frari Church, Venice, recorded as being there from the 16th century in use as a reliquary.

    In 1570 Archduke Ferdinand II of the Tyrol founded a glasshouse at Innsbruck with craftsmen from Murano who he had obtained by pressurising the Venetian authorities. The cultured Regent had created the most celebrated cabinet of curiosities of the time at Schloss Ambras, and his interest in glass stemmed from this passion for the rare and curious object, even to the extent of his blowing glass himself. Venetian master glassblowers recorded at Innsbruck include Pietro d'Orso (1571), Salvatore and Sebastiano Savonetti (1573-1578) and Andrea Tudino (1575 and 1583) all of whom had to return to Murano having honoured their contracts.
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