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Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on September 28, 2015

Facon de Venise Trick Goblet

The goblet has a double-walled bowl on a narrowing stem applied with a pincered collar. The glass has a grayish-lilac tint. It is called a trick glass because inside bowl can be filled with wine through a small hole in the stem; the hole is then plugged with wax. A person could seem to drink all night without the glass becoming empty.  Or a person could go up to someone and pretend to spill it and nothing would happen.  A similar trick glass is known from the 4th Century of the Roman period. 

Dimensions: H = 13.1 cm, Stem H = 7 cm, Weight = 75 g

Origin & Date: Venice or Tuscany, 17th century.

Ref: The Collection Engels-De Lange, Lameris 2015 p. 81 #50, Christie’s March 28, 2000 # 140 & May 2007 #21, Sothby’s June 16, 1984 #73 & Dec. 18, 2002 #6&7, Rijksmuseum, #155, 156, Lameris, 1991 # 111, “Glass from the Ancient World: the Ray Winfield Smith Collection”, Corning 1957, #241

89E Facon de Venise Trick Goblet

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  1. terraburrah said, on September 30, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    Amazing that it survived this long – as delicate as it appears.

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