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Overall H: 2.4 cm, Diam (max): 23.9 cm
Not on Display
about 1558
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Purchased with funds from the Museum Endowment Fund
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Diamond-point engraving was a prominent feature of Venetian glassworking. It was widely adopted in Renaissance Europe. This plate is decorated with the arms of two aristocratic families: the Orsini and the Medici. This combination strongly suggests that the plate was made for the marriage of Paolo Orsini, duke of Bracciano, and Isabella de' Medici, which took place in 1558.
Sheppard and Cooper, Ltd., Source
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Plate. Colorless. Blown; applied, diamond-point engraved. Round, shallow, with infolded rim and applied foot-ring. On underside, diamond-point engraved with coats of arms in center (inside foot-ring); around edge, wide frieze depicting mermen holding cornucopias, and griffins, framed by two bands of stylized decoration.
Global Luxury in Renaissance Venice
Gardiner Museum 2021-10-19 through 2022-05-29
The exhibition will explore renaissance Venice as a vibrant point of cultures and ideas. It will present Venetian maiolica in dialogue with a range of fine and decorative arts: from Chinese porcelain and Islamic metalwork to Venetian glass and painting, highlighting processess of exchange and adaptation, as well as rivalry and imitation across media. The exhibition will feature maiolica from the Gardiner Museum's collection, which will be enhanced by loans of ceramics, textiles, metalwork, glass, engravings, drawings, painting, and more.
Corning Museum of Glass 2004-05-13 through 2004-10-17
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.
The Collection Engels-De Lange (2015) illustrated, p. 65, fig. 2;
The Yearning for Venetian Glass: Beauty that Traversed Oceans and Time (2011) illustrated, p. 9, fig. 2;
Beyond Venice: Glass in Venetian Style, 1500-1750 (2004) illustrated, preface, fig. 4; BIB# 79761
The Bulfinch illustrated encyclopedia of antiques (1994) illustrated, p. 93, no. 1; BIB# 26855
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass (1992) illustrated, p. 43, #33; BIB# 35679
Garasu no Hanashi (1988) p. 60; BIB# 45725
Recent Important Acquisitions, 26 (1984) illustrated, p. 138, #7; BIB# AI13534
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1983 (1984) illustrated, pp. 6, 16; BIB# AI97139