Italian, Venice (Murano) or façon de Venise possibly Dutch

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 506

In the fifteenth century, Murano, the glass-making center of Venice, Italy, developed cristallo, a nearly colorless and highly ductile glass. Vessels made of cristallo were prized throughout Europe for their clarity and weightlessness. Venice came to dominate the luxury glass market. By the seventeenth century, the glassware being produced was very thinly blown and incredibly lightweight as can be seen in this vessel. The stem is hollow, contributing to the seeming weightlessness of the wineglass.

Wineglass, Glass, blown with applied decoration, Italian, Venice (Murano) or façon de Venise possibly Dutch

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