Krater - Styles and Influences
Venice; ca. 1500
Two plates and a bowl on a stem shaped like a Greek krater are luxurious decorative Venetian products in painted enamel. Painting in enamel was originally performed on glass surfaces in the well known glass works of Murano, and the technique was later used on copper. The shapes of the vessels originally from glass production were made by hammering copper plate. The copper surface would then be scored, or the enamel paste would be mixed with a sticky substance like gum arabic to adhere to the smooth surface better after spreading it on with a brush.