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Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on February 22, 2012


Spanish Façon de Venise Glass Server Flask

Spanish Façon de Venise Glass Serving Flask

Origin: Spain – Cataluña, end of the 17th century.
Dimensions: Size↑24,2 cm.; ø 11,8 cm.; ø outlet 3 cm.; weight 240 gram; capacity 1285 ml.

Description: This is a beautiful free blown serving flask. It is an example of Façon de Venise glass which has been made in Spain possibly by glassmakers who emigrated from Altare or escaped from Venise. The decoration has still the characteristics of Venetian glass with the spiraling decorations in white opaque glass (tin oxide). It is also probable that this object was made in Cadalso in the time Dieudonné Lambotte who emigrated from Flanders to Cadalso was working there. Would it be possible that this object was made by Lambotte himself? Who knows. Looking at the architecture of the object the assumption could be correct. One of the ingredients to make such beautiful clear glass came from Spain, the so called barilla. A soda made from salicornia giving a sodium basis iso. of the more commonly used potassium based soda. It is well known that the Venetians preferred barilla to make their famous light and clear glass. They even tried in those days to grow the salicornia in the brackish swamps close to Venice as the supply was not always dependable.  The decoration with the tin-oxide white opaque glass bands was very much en vogue in those days and is called vetro a fili. The Spanish and Italian glassmakers were real masters in those techniques. See the catalogue “A Collection of Filigrana glass, by Kitty Laméris 2014.

Material: soda glass

Parallels: Zerwick, “A short history of Glass” pag. 55, pict. 44

Provenance: With Peter Korf de Gidts, Amsterdam In owners collection since 2004

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