Covered Goblet (Confitero)

Object Name: 
Covered Goblet (Confitero)

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Object Name: 
Covered Goblet (Confitero)
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 25.7 cm, H. (goblet): 17.2 cm, Diam (rim): 8.3 cm, Diam (foot): 8.1 cm.
On Display
about 1550-1600
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Jerome Strauss
Web Description: 
This type of vessel has been known in Spain since the 16th century as the confitero, a container for sweets. The inventory of household goods belonging to a woman from Majorca mentions such a glass in 1594. The type is also illustrated in two drawings by Giovanni Maggi in 1604.
Strauss, Jerome (1893-1978), Former Collection
Walker, R.M.W., Former Collection
Primary Description: 
Colorless glass with yellow tinge, some seeds; opaque white lattimo threads; blown, vetro a fili, applied, gilt, diamond-point engraved. Cylindrical bowl with furnace-opened rim and flattened base; attached to hollow blown stem, consisting of a flattened ball knop and a cylindrical part; joined directly to blown, slightly rising foot wit rough pontil mark. Flanged cover with flared rim, tapering into a cylindrical, hollow tip that forms the lower part of the finial; attached to it, a tall capstan. Bowl with three, and cover with one applied, horizontal lattimo threads. Four raspberry prunts on bowl, arranged on opposite sides, one near base, the other below rim; three raspberry prunts on cover, arranged in regular distances on lattimo thread. Two additional prunts on middle of bowl, approximately opposite to each other, with stamped masks. Cover, bowl and foot are diamond-point engraved with ornaments circulating in horizontal registers, comprising two formal foliate bands in the upper register (separated from each other by an engraved double-line), a band of curved and straight flame- like devices in the zone below, a band of foliate scrolls in the next, and winged ovals in the bottom. On foot, alternating S-shaped devices and pointed ovals; on cover, alternating long and short pointed ovals. The base of bowl uneven, probably due to the use of a wet, wooden tool, and with a scar, as if glass had been trimmed off with straight shears. The lattimo trails are applied to, but not marvered into the surface of the glass vessel. Their ends meet each other.
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
The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking (2019) illustrated, Spain fig. 27; BIB# 716365
Beyond Venice: Glass in Venetian Style, 1500-1750 (2004) illustrated, pp. 130-131, no. 9; BIB# 79761
The Gather (2003) illustrated, p. 2;
Sotheby's Sale (Walker Collection) lot 245;