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.
Inscription: Sticker on rim: 6; sticker on underside of bowl: 6805
Artist: Martin Carlin (French, near Freiburg im Breisgau ca. 1730–1785 Paris) Date: ca. 1773Medium: Oak veneered with tulipwood, amaranth, holly, and ebonized holly; ten soft-paste porcelain plaques; gilt-bronze mounts; marble; velvet (not original)Accession: 58.75.44On view in:Gallery 529
Artist: Attributed to Roger Vandercruse, called Lacroix (French, 1727–1799) Date: porcelain ca. 1764, secretary ca. 1775Medium: Oak veneered with satin-wood, green and black-stained wood; gilt bronze, marble, soft-paste porcelain, silkAccession: 58.75.52On view in:Gallery 529