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    Venice; ca. 1450

    The bowl is uniquely valuable being one of the rare undamaged pieces of 15th c. Venetian glass. It is a living witness of the supreme quality achieved by technical mastery and an impeccable feeling for measure in form and decoration. Glassware produced at this time was strongly influenced by Byzantine and Islamic glass (mostly in red, purple and blue colours) richly covered with multicoloured enamel and gilding, just like this one.

    It is stylistically identical with the footed cup decorated in enamel with the same scene in the British Museum in London and dated 1450.