Millefiori Glass Ball

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Object Name: 
Millefiori Glass Ball
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 6.6 cm, Diam (max): 5.1 cm
On Display
about 1550-1600
Web Description: 
This ball is decorated with slices of multicolored glass canes. Glass containing multicolored canes is often called millefiori (Italian, “1,000 flowers”).
Imbert, Alexandre, Former Collection
Chelo, Jean, Former Collection
Bailly-Pommery & Voutier Associes, Source
Imbert, Caroline, Owner
Primary Description: 
Millefiori Ball. Multicolored canes cased in colorless glass with silver mount through center. Assembled while hot. Ball made of tightly fused multicolored millefiori murrine cased with colorless glass, with hole through center to accommodate silver post with applied ring held in place on top and bottom by quatrefoil-shaped silver plates. Plates are decorated with engraved floral motif.
Flowers Which Clothe the Meadows
Corning Museum of Glass 1978-04-26 through 1978-10-21
The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian-Style Glassworking (2019) illustrated, Introduction fig. 11; BIB# 716365
The Techniques of Renaissance Venetian Glassworking (2016) illustrated, Fig. 1; BIB# 149619
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2004 (2005) illustrated, p. 8; BIB# AI90240
Recent Important Acquisitions, 47 (2005) illustrated, p. 218, #7; BIB# AI66969