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Basic Information

Accession Number:1888M167
Collection:Applied Art - Glass
Date:1590 - 1600


The recipe for making glass has changed little for several thousands of years: sand, alkali ashes, and lime from crushed stones are melted together to give a strong, yet fragile material. This molten material can then be manipulated by the glassmaker in a number of ways.This goblet has been free blown; where air is blown down a metal tube which has a blob of glass at its end to create a bubble. This bubble of glass is then shaped using a variety of tools to create the desired form. The decoration made with threads of white glass is known as 'latticinio', derived from the Italian word 'latte' meaning milk.

Purchased, 1888.

Further Information

Production Period:16th Century
Medium:Soda glass with latticinio decoration.
Material(s):Soda glass
Place of Origin:Italy ?


Height:27 cm
Diameter:12.6 cm