Pouring Vessel (nef)

Object Name: 
Pouring Vessel (nef)

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Object Name: 
Pouring Vessel (nef)
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Overall H: 27.3 cm, W: 20.3 cm, D: 12.7 cm
On Display
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Purchased in part with funds from the F. M. Kirby Foundation
Web Description: 
A nef (from Old French nef, “ship”) is an elaborate table ornament or pouring vessel in the form of a boat.
Kunstzalen A. Vecht, Source
Primary Description: 
Pouring Vessel (nef). Colorloess, translucent deep blue. Blown; tooled, applied, gilded. Nef. Deep, bulbous bowl tapered on one side and flattened on other side to imitate shape of ship, “prow” of which is formed into long spout with applied wrap on rim. Lower two-thirds of “hull” is decorated with continuous fine spiral thread, and with gilded lion mask framed by two prunts of translucent blue glass on either side. Bowl is surmounted by “rigging” of colorless glass (top ornament, originally in colorless and translucent blue glass, is now missing); joined by merese to flattened mold-blown ribs ball knop; attached by merese to pedestal foot with infolded rim and pontil mark.
Corning Museum of Glass
Changing Exhibitions Gallery
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2009 (2010) illustrated, pp. 5, 6; BIB# AI86944
The Corning Museum of Glass: Notable Acquisitions 2009 (2010) illustrated, pp. 12-13, #4; BIB# AI79879
Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants (2010) illustrated, pp. 246-247, #124; BIB# 115588
Recent Acquisitions (2009) illustrated, p. 11 (left); BIB# AI78620