Millefiori bowl

Vincenzo Moretti Italian
Venezia-Murano Company Italian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 556

The term millefiori (“thousand flowers”) describes modern Italian imitations of ancient Roman mosaic glass. Multicolored glass rods, known as canes, are cut into slices, with the design revealed in the cross section. These are fused together to form the bowl and create the delicate pattern seen here.

Millefiori bowl, Vincenzo Moretti (Italian, 1835–1901), Glass, Italian, Venice (Murano)

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