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Goblet

Date:
17th century
Culture:
Façon de Venise, probably south Lowlands or Germany
Medium:
Colorless (yellowish), transparent turquoise blue, and opaque brick red, yellow, and white nonlead glass. Blown, trailed, pincered, "vetro a retorti".
Dimensions:
H. 11 1/16 in. (28.1 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.1206
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 954
Wineglasses with fantastic "dragon" stems, sometimes known as serpent glasses, were first made in Venice in the late sixteenth century. They became popular and were widely produced in the Netherlands and elsewhere in Northern Europe by the middle of the seventeenth century. Though difficult to make, serpent glasses were once fairly common. Due to their excessive fragility, however, early examples, such as this one and two others in the Robert Lehman Collection, are relatively rare.
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