Dish - Technique and Styles
Venice; ca. 1860
It is a fine example of the newly awakened glass-making in Venice in the 2nd half of the 19th c. (in the earlier part of the century, in 1806, the Austrians had even dissolved the glassmakers corporation). The revival is also linked with the foundation of the Museo Vetrario in Murano in 1861.
The archives of the Murano Museum have rich records of the glass of earlier centuries including technical Text, and a fine collection of classical and old Murano glass. The later glass-makers were able to consult these.
This dish is an example of the creative use of ancient forms. The base harks back to the ancient Roman fashion of inserting gold leaf between layers of glass and the twisted rim application is also reminiscent of Roman work.