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Bell

Date:
late 16th century
Culture:
Italian, Venice (Murano)
Medium:
Glass, gilt bronze
Dimensions:
10 3/8 x 5 1/8 in. (26.4 x 13.0 cm)
Classification:
Glass
Credit Line:
Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Accession Number:
17.190.552
Not on view
During the Renaissance, Venetian glassmakers, working on the island of Murano, were celebrated across Europe for their fine and sparkling work. Called “cristallo” emulating the clarity of rock crystal, in the hands of the most skilled glassblowers the medium could be delightfully manipulated, variously stretched paper-thin flat, or playfully twisted, or blown into molds with spectacular patterns.
Charles Mannheim (until 1898) ; J. Pierpont Morgan , London and New York (until 1917; to MMA)
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