This clear bright blue glass Venetian Barovier wedding/marriage standing goblet with gilded enamel decoration is of age and quality to be shown in a museum. It was made by the famed glass craftsmen of Murano Italy and is of the triple baked variety. The glass is handblown. The handblown glass is decorated with 24K gold and then kiln fired at a temperature to allow the gold to adhere to the glass. It is then decorated with hand painted enamel designs which are kiln fired at a lower temperature that allows the enamel to adhere. This process was invented by Barovier in the 1400s. The allegorical cortege/procession of young people at a wedding design was inspired by the “Triumphs of Petrarch’s” poems/sonnets. This cup has a tall swirled ribbed and gilded stem supporting the intricately decorated circular bowl. The glass finishing at the bottom of the stem is turned under. This was normal finishing in the earlier periods of the 15th and 16th century which created more strength due to the delicacy of the blown glass. In later periods the bottom edges were usually finished flat or grounds smooth. The base of the bowl is surrounded by a rigaree glass decoration. Also, where the stem joins the bowl, it has the rigaree glass surrounding. There is the normal handblown glass ground smooth pontil mark on the bottom of the bowl. All of these noted designs indicate that this cup is of the earlier period. It is difficult to date these cups as similar have been made over a period of 500+ years. I have estimated the dating from my own 50 year experience with antique glass to about pre1800 although it well may be earlier. This type of’wedding cup’ goblet has been produced since the 14 hundreds and there are a few outstanding examples with different paintings and designs in the world’s museums. The closest to the enameled procession design and to the shape of this cup is in the Louvre Palace collection in France. Please see the Louvre, Department of Decorative Arts: Renaissance Technical description: attributed to the workshop of Angelo Barovier, bowl decorated with an allegorical cortege c. 1480 Venice enameled and gilded coloured glass, Baronne Salomone de Rothschild bequest 1922/. Condition: It is an immaculate condition, with some minor normal crackling (from the firing) in the enamel – a cabinet piece. Size: 14cm (5 1/2) in height. 11cm (4 1/2″) across the top; 90cm (3 1/2″) across the base. This item is in the category “Antiques\Other Antiques”. The seller is “camps.audre” and is located in this country: CA. This item can be shipped to United States, all countries in Europe, Canada.
- Type: Venetian Wedding Standing Cup
- Country/Region of Origin: Italy
- City of origin: Venice
- Color: Blue
- Original/Reproduction: antique/original
- Style: 15thC Wedding Standing cup
- Material: hand blown and enameled glass
- Maker: Barovier & Toso
- Age: Pre 1800
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