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Basic Information

Accession Number:1891M3
Collection:Applied Art - Glass
Date:1590 - 1610


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 Italian vase, from around 1600, was mould blown. A bubble of molten glass is blown into a mould, determining the shape of the object, and in some cases, the surface decoration.

Purchased through Sir Charles Robinson.

Further Information

Production Period:16th Century
Medium:Soda glass with a brown tinge.
Material(s):Soda glass
Place of Origin:Italy


Height:22.4 cm
Diameter:12.5 cm