Goblet with "Grotesque" Decoration

Object Name: 
Goblet with "Grotesque" Decoration

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Object Name: 
Goblet with "Grotesque" Decoration
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 23.5 cm; Rim Diam: 14.4 cm; Base Diam: 12.8 cm
On Display
about 1500-1525
Web Description: 
The Italian word grottesco (“from a cave”) refers to a fanciful style of Ancient Roman decoration that was rediscovered during excavations in Italy during the 1400s.
Kouchakji, Fahim (b. Syria, 1886-1976), Source
de Rothschild, Gustave, Former Collection
Primary Description: 
Goblet. Flat based bowl of ogee profile joined by merese to three-part mold-blown (17 vertical ribs) stem consisting of central flattened knop cushioned above and below by smaller, similar knops; lower knop is fused to thick, solid peg, which joins stem to mold-blown (15 vertical ribs) pedestal foot, edge of which has strengthening thread applied to its upper surface; at apex of foot is exceptionally large pontil mark. Around base of bowl is applied cordon of glass that has been tooled into frill and is gilded. Stem and foot are gilded, with semée d’or (sown with gold) effect. Bowl enameled with overall design of putti disporting themselves among various Renaissance attributes. They are painted in opaque white touched with flesh (pink) tones, with all details rendered in black lines. In upper register, four winged putti sit astride pendent swags of green leaves bound with polychrome ribbons and embellished with central polychrome rosette. Putti have yellow wings and either red bootees laced with yellow or yellow bootees laced with black. They hold yellow crosier-like scrolls. Between and below them are four dancing putti, wingless but wearing bootees of green and blue. They grasp red and yellow ribbons that are suspended from blue canopies with red and yellow lappet fringes. Between these putti and somewhat below them are trophies of crossed narrow shields issuing from vases and surmounted alternately by barrel with crossed arrows and symmetrical lyre like arrangement of leafy scrollwork. Loops holding leaf swags of upper register are painted in yellow overlying red; gold leaf of upper border has been scratched away to receive them. This border is scratched with scale design entwined by dots of white enamel, and it is bordered above and below by single line of blue dots.
Renaissance Venice: Life and Luxury at the Crossroads
Gardiner Museum 2021-10-14 through 2022-01-09
Renaissance Venice was a multicultural metropolis where migration and mobility shaped the daily lives of its inhabitants. Its position at the crossroads of trade routes linking Europe to the Islamic World brought a continuous flow of commodities like pigments, spices, and luxury objects. In the homes of Venetians, these imported goods complemented locally-made products like maiolica, or tin-glazed earthenware. Renaissance Venice: Life and Luxury at the Crossroads recreates a sensory world of objects, foregrounding visual conversations across cultures as well as artisan trades as they took shape through the manipulation of materials, form, colour, and ornament. Featuring works ranging from Chinese porcelain and Islamic metalware to Venetian textiles and glass, this exhibition explores how objects connected cultures and geographies during the Renaissance. It questions the role of objects and images in stimulating significant forms of encounter, and more specifically, the role of ceramics in encapsulating cultural exchanges and intersections. This dynamic web of relationships forms the backdrop for the story of Venice’s maiolica industry as it developed throughout the 1500s. Key to its success was the influx of migrant artisans from other parts of the Italian peninsula, privileged access to materials, and vibrant market demand. At the forefront are the lived experiences of people across the social spectrum, from the makers of objects to the wealthy elites. Visitors are invited to step into the workshop of the potter-entrepreneur and engage in a counter-narrative that seeks to recover the experiences of Renaissance women from different walks of life. A global city in constant movement, Renaissance Venice parallels our own lives in many ways. Works by contemporary artists Lindsay Montgomery, Dorie Millerson, and Nadia Myre expand upon the connections between the present and the legacies of the past. Each brings a feminist critique that focuses, respectively, on story-telling traditions, domestic labour and exploitation, and Venice’s symbolic connection to the Americas and Indigenous Peoples through printed publications. Renaissance Venice: Life and Luxury at the Crossroads features over 110 objects including ceramic, glass, metalware, printed books, lace, velvets, carpets, painting, and prints. Participating lenders include the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Corning Museum of Glass, The Royal Ontario Museum, the Aga Khan Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Bata Shoe Museum. The exhibition is accompanied by catalogue published by Hirmer Art Publishers.
Liquid Refreshment: 2000 Years of Drinks and Drinking Glasses
Corning Museum of Glass 1993-04-24 through 1994-12-31
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass
Yokohama Museum of Art 1992-10-12 through 1992-12-13
Masterpieces of Glass from The Corning Museum of Glass
National Gallery of Art 1990-12-02 through 1991-04-14
The Art of Glass: Masterpieces from The Corning Museum of Glass
IBM Gallery 1989-12-12 through 1990-02-02
National Gallery of Art 1990-12-09 through 1991-04-14
Decorative and utilitarian works from the Corning Museum of Glass, surveying 35 centuries of glass-making technology and stylistic developments from ancient Egyptian, Roman, Islamic, and Asian cultures to contemporary American and European examples. The works were selected by Corning Museum staff members Dwight P. Lanmon, director and curator of European glass; David B. Whitehouse, curator of ancient and Islamic glass; Jane Shadel Spillman, curator of American glass; and Susanne K. Frantz, curator of 20th-century glass.
Gloria dell Arte
Philbrook Museum of Art 1979-10 through 1980-01
The Triumph of humanism: a visual survey of the decorative arts of the Renassaince
California Palace of Legion of Honor 1977-10-22 through 1978-01-08
Three Great Centuries of Venetian Glass
Corning Museum of Glass
Altes Glas ([1951]) illustrated, pp. 66-67, #139; BIB# 18799
Maiolica in Renaissance Venice: Ceramics and Luxury at the Crossroads (2021) illustrated, p. 17;
Artisans, Objects, and Everyday Life in Renaissance Italy: The Material Culture of the Middling Class (2020) illustrated, p. 294 (fig. 112);
Luxury and the Ethics of Greed in Early Modern Italy (2018) illustrated, p. 285 (fig. 12.2);
New Insights into 17th and 18th century Glass from Portugal: Study and Preservation (2016) illustrated, p. 23 (fig. 2.1);
Historia del Vidrio: desarrollo formal, technologico y cientifico (2012) illustrated, Fig. 69, p. 89; BIB# 139172
From Italy: Venice -- Glass Island (2011) illustrated, p. 47; BIB# AI92597
Richard La Londe and Friends (2009) illustrated, p. 29; BIB# 112312
Frabel: Excellence in Glass Art (2007) illustrated, p. 39; BIB# 100291
From Cinderella's Slippers to Fiber Optics (2003) illustrated, p. 38; BIB# 75015
Glass in Art, History, and Science at The Corning Museum of Glass (2003) illustrated, p. 69, no. 7; BIB# AI64198
Beauty of Glass (2000) illustrated, p. 136; BIB# 77736
The Story of Crystal (1998) illustrated, Venetian chapter; BIB# 85420
Shattering Perceptions Art and Craft in coalesce in Studio Glass (1997) p. 53;
The Culture and Technology of Glass in Renaissance Venice (1996) illustrated, p. 595 (fig. 7.2);
The Corning Museum of Glass and the Finger Lakes Region (1993) illustrated, cover, p. 17, #25; BIB# 35681
All About Glass = Garasu Daihyakka (1993) p. 43; BIB# 36566
Yokohama Collection (1992-11) p. 18, ill.;
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass (1992) illustrated, p. 41, #29; BIB# 35679
Seasons Greetings from Sherry-Lehmann (1990/11) illustrated, front cover; BIB# 90994
Masterpieces of Glass: A World History From The Corning Museum of Glass (1990) illustrated, pp. 84-85, pl. 34; frontispiece; BIB# 33819
A Short History of Glass (1990 edition) (1990) illustrated, pp. 46-47, #39; BIB# 33211
A Short History of Glass (1990 edition) (1990) illustrated, pp. 46-47, #39; BIB# 33211
Living with Art (1988) illustrated, p. 313; BIB# 41486
Michelangelo & the Sistine Ceiling (1987) illustrated, p. 176; BIB# 112072
Living with art (1985) p. 295, ill.; BIB# 22982
Garasu Nyumon (Introduction to Glass) (1983) illustrated, p. 73; BIB# 32417
Vetri, gionelti, smalti, tabacchiere (1981) illustrated, p. 15; BIB# 30910
Appointments 1982 (1981) illustrated, Front cover; p. 16, left; BIB# 67110
Story of Glass Coloring Book (1981) illustrated, p. 24, p. 28, lower left; front cover, lower right; BIB# 67749
A Short History of Glass (1980 edition) (1980) illustrated, pp. 46-47, #37; BIB# 21161
Gloria dell'Arte: A Renaissance Perspective (1979) p. 54, frontispiece; BIB# 20950
The Triumph of Humanism (1977) p. 15, fig. 8, p. 90, #193; BIB# 21145
The Corning Glass Center (1959) illustrated, p. 14; BIB# 99843
The Corning Glass Center (1958) illustrated, p. 14; BIB# 26395
Three Great Centuries of Venetian Glass (1958) pp. 42-43, ill., #21; BIB# 63296
Glas (1958) illustrated, p.56, fig. 51; BIB# 25567
The Corning Glass Center (1958) illustrated, p. 14;
Barcelona glass in Venetian style (1956) fig. 4; BIB# 28323
Art in Glass (1955) p. 142;
Three Centuries of European Glass (1955) p. 59;