Covered Goblet (filigrana a retortoli)

Object Name: 
Covered Goblet (filigrana a retortoli)

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Object Name: 
Covered Goblet (filigrana a retortoli)
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 34.9 cm; (a) Goblet H: 23.7 cm; Rim Diam: 9.2 cm; (a) Foot Diam: 8.5 cm
On Display
about 1575-1625
Web Description: 
Filigree decoration originated at Murano in the 16th century and quickly spread to other parts of Europe. In this covered goblet, twisted canes of white glass encased in colorless glass alternate with plain white canes. These canes were arranged in a rectangular form and fused in the furnace to create a sheet of striped glass. The sheet was picked up on a disk of molten glass attached to the blowpipe, rolled up into a cylinder, and closed at the end to form an elongated bubble. This bubble was then divided into separate sections, from which the foot, knop (a small knob in the stem of a glass vessel), bowl, and matching lid were fashioned. A team of skilled craftsmen collaborated on such vessels, which were made in a great variety of twisted cane and network patterns. Filigree glass remained popular for more than 200 years.
Meyer, Michel, Source
Primary Description: 
Covered Goblet (filigrana a retortoli). Colorless, with grayish tinge (cover with brownish gray tinge); lattimo. Vetro a fili, vetro a retorti; tooled. Tall bowl consisting of eight light bulges that diminish in diameter from top to bottom, with flaring, fire-polished rim; stem composed of depressed blown knop between colorless mereses; blown pedestal foot with infolded edge and pontil mark. Domed, flanged cover repeats formation of goblet, in six bulges that diminish in diameter from bottom to top. Cover is finished with colorless finial consisting of capstan with solid knop. Pontil mark at apex of cover. Goblet is decorated with vertical bands of lattimo (a fili) alternating with six ply cables (a retorti); lattimo threads on cover are in same formation as those on goblet. Cover does not fit properly, and goblet and cover are slightly different in color.
El Greco to Velazquez: Art During the Reign of Philip III
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 2008-04-13 through 2008-07-27
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University 2008-08-22 through 2008-11-09
Corning Museum of Glass 2004-05-13 through 2004-10-17
Baroque Influences on the Form and Decoration of Glass (2014) illustrated, p. 20; BIB# 142141
Escort Guide to the Galleries (2013) illustrated, p. 18; BIB# 134015
Escort Guide to the Galleries [V4/2013] (2013) illustrated, p. 18; BIB# 134856
Glass: A Short History (Smithsonian Books edition) (2012) illustrated, pp. 68-69; BIB# 130360
Glass: A Short History (The British Museum edition) (2012) illustrated, pp. 68-69; BIB# 135965
Corning Museum of Glass (2009-01) illustrated, p. 6; BIB# 109342
Shades of Glass (2006) illustrated, p. 16, bottom left; BIB# 100967
The encyclopedia of modern marbles, spheres & orbs (2005) illustrated, p. 21 fig. 16; BIB# 88983
European Glass in the Venetian Style 1500-1750 (2004-08) illustrated, p. 73; BIB# AI63553
Uncovering treasures in the Empire State (1999) p. 133, fig. 11; BIB# AI43699
Glass Art (1996) illustrated, p. 14; BIB# 36413
The Corning Museum of Glass and the Finger Lakes Region (1993) illustrated, p. 18, #30; BIB# 35681
History of Glass Crafts (1990-07) p. 49;
Masterpieces of Glass: A World History From The Corning Museum of Glass (1990) illustrated, pp. 96-97, pl. 40; BIB# 33819
A Short History of Glass (1990 edition) (1990) illustrated, p. 53, #41; p. 51; BIB# 33211
Story of Glass Coloring Book (1981) illustrated, p. 28, center; BIB# 67749
A Short History of Glass (1980 edition) (1980) illustrated, p. 47, #39; BIB# 21161