What happened to the Cinzano Glass collection ?
Article by David Giles
In 1971 Count Alberto Marone Cinzano, of the family that created the famous Cinzano Vermouth, decided to start collecting fine examples of ancient and antique glass. The collection was published first in 1974 and again in 1978 under the title The Cinzano Glass Collection, edited by Peter Lazarus.
In recent times the collection appeared to have gone from public view and I enquired of many glass people what had happened to it. It was suggested that it had been sold and dispersed and in fact in one recent London glass auction catalogue it suggested that a glass had come from that collection. After much searching I was delighted to discover that the collection was still completely intact and with additional glasses added after the 1974/78 publications. What however had happened was that the Marone family sold the Vermouth business in 1992 to an international drinks company which was absorbed in 1997 into the large British company Diageo and the collection of glass was included. So now the collection is known as the Diageo Glass Collection. Diageo actually sold the Cinzano Vermouth label to Campari in 1999 but kept the glass collection. It was published again in 2005 and edited by Rosa Barovier Mentasti under the title Glass Collection Della Diageo a Santa Vittoria d’Alba. The catalogue is now out of print but can still be obtained on second hand books sites.
When the collection was published in 1974/78 there were 125 pieces in the collection but after that the Marone family added more pieces and in the 2015 publication there are 144 pieces featured. The oldest piece in the collection is a wonderful 5th century BC Obsidian lobed bowl. There are twenty ancient vessels of Roman and Frankish origin and two Islamic glasses. Twenty Venetian glasses. Lots of glasses from Holland and Germany and also from England. Each one is illustrated with colour plate and full description in Italian and English.
The collection is now kept at Diageo meeting centre in Villa Storica a Santa Vittoria d’Alba Italy which is between Turin and Genoa, It can be visited by prior arrangement if you Email email@example.com.
Readers might also like to look at www.diageomeetingcenter-sv.it/
Enter the site and click on Le Cantine and they will see how cleverly the glass is displayed in cut-out old wine barrels. This collection might be an idea for a future visit of the Glass Circle.
Attached are photos of 8 examples from the collection. This article will be in the next Glass Circle News letter.
This symmetrical honey-colored jar was used for storage. It has a thin self trailing wound around the body with a folded collar-like rim.
H: 8.5 cm
Field Museum (Chicago) #87
The New York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
Size of glass collection is 2,000 objects. Highlights of the glass collection include a large assemblage of paper weights, a sizable and an important group of Sandwich Glass vases, candlesticks and oil lamps. There are also examples of earlier glass such as South Jersey vessels with lily pad motif and Stiegel-type pieces. The collection has an important group of Tiffany glass vessels and lamps beautifully displayed. This is link to: The New York Historical Society glass collection.
Glass # 52 Façon the Venise wine glass of Elisabeth & Theo Zandbergen
Description: A Façon the Venise wine glass with a (pre) mold and optically blown funnel shaped bowl being decorated in almost a “sidonian – style”, with faint fluted ribs accentuated on the top with roundels. The decoration has been softened thru the way the bowl has been finished. The bowl is set via a short full glass section on the hollow ribbed inverted baluster stem set directly to the slight conical foot.
Material: soda glass
Dimensions: H= 12,1 cm.; ø bowl 6,3 cm.; ø foot 6,6 cm.; weight 44 grams.
Origin: France, a so called fougère glass, first Q. 18th century.
Parallels ao.:- Jacqueline Bellanger, Verre d’usage et de prestige, France 1500 – 1800 pg. 481, 484, 485,- Pijzel-Dommisse & Eliëns, Glinsterend Glas, pg. 88 nr.126 with more or less the same bowl decoration as this glass,- Page at all, Beyond Venice, glass in Venetian Style, 1500-1750, pg. 163 fig. 24.
Provenance: – Frides Laméris Amsterdam,
#93 Venetian wine glass of Elisabeth & Theo Zandbergen
Description: The pointed round funnel bowl is directly set to the hollow “a tige” stem. The hollow stem narrows down to the slightly conical foot to which it is directly set.
Dimensions: H = 19,4 cm.; ø bowl = 8,1 cm.; ø foot = 8,4 cm.; weight = 76,7 gram.
Origin: Venice around 1575.
Literature: Erwin Baumgartner makes a distinction between “verres a tige” – like a twig – and “verres a jambe” – like a leg. The first group has a slightly conical hollow stem narrowing down to the foot of the glass and most of the time directly set to the foot. Bowl and stem are also directly connected. The second group has a stem with a narrowed down connecting piece to the bowl necessitating a merese at the stem to bowl connection and also a merese at the stem to foot connection (see glass # 120)
Parallels ao.:- Erwin Baumgartner, Venise et Façon de Venise, verres renaissance de musée des arts
décoratifs, Paris 2003, pg.98- Robert J. Charleston, Masterpieces of glass, a world history from the Corning Museum of Glass, New York, 1980, pg. 92 cat.nr. 38- Elville, The collectors dictionary of Glass, pg. 169 pict. 243 second glass from the right, having a somewhat shorter stem making it less elegant.
Provenance:- Old Dutch collection,- Frides Laméris Amsterdam.
JUGLET WITH SHOULDER-RIDGE of Hans van Rossum
Second part 1st century AD | Eastern Mediterranean, probably Crete or Italy Size↑9.3 cm | ø 8.5 cm | Weight 94 g
Technique: Early free blown glass, handle applied; tooled
Classification: Isings 1957 form 53 (variant) | Morin-Jean 1913 type 47 (variant), type handle α¹
Description: Transparent bluish-green glass. The squat body with sloping wall, a pad-base formed by lower sections of wall. Tall tubular neck with flaring mouth, rim folded inward. On the shoulder of the body a thick hollow ridge encircling the body. Broad angular three-ribbed strap handle applied on the shoulder and attached to the upper part of the neck, top-end folded up to form a pad against neck. The concave base is formed by a narrowing in the lower part of the body, no pontil mark
Condition: Intact with some incrustation; a crack in the lower part of the body, consolidated by Restaura, Haelen (NL) 2010
Remarks: A narrow neck like this one, in combination with the manner in which the handle is attached to the neck is a characteristic for the early Roman glass jugs, imitating pottery jugs. This specific type of jug, which has a cut-out fold on the shoulder, is not very numerous. In combination with the specific form of the body this example is even rare. It has a bottle neck like the preceding jugs and a cut-out base. (Isings 1957) The typical cut-out form of the base is also a characteristic for products made during the first century AD.
Provenance: Cardo Center – Old City of Jerusalem, 1995
Reference: Archaeological Museum in Rethimnon at Crete, Vetri antichi del Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Adria, S. Bonomi, no. 318Antike Gläser, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Kassel, M. Boosen no. 53 Collection Castello Viscontea, Locarno Das naturfarbene sogenannte blaugrüne glas in Köln, F. Fremersdorf Tafel 53 Les Verres Antiques du Musée du Louvre II, V. Arveiller-Dulong & M.D. Nenna nos. 46-49 Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Accession Number 74.51.143 from the Cesnola Collection La fragilitat en el temps. El vidre a l’antiquitat, T.C. Rossell no. 81
LENTOID ARYBALLOS of Hans van Rossum
Second part of 1st century AD | Roman Empire Size↑14.5 cm | ø 6.2 cm | Weight 99 g
Technique: Free blown, handles applied, tooled
Classification: Isings 1957 form 61 (variant) Vanderhoeven 1962 no. 92 for one handle and no. 96 for the other handle
Description: A transparent yellowish pale green thick-walled aryballos, lentoid body with small flattened base, rim folded inward and flattened; cylindrical neck with numerous small bubbles. Two different formed handles applied on both sides of the shoulder, one of green glass and the other of yellowish green glass.
Condition: Intact, some iridescence and incrustation
Provenance: Tolland (CT) USA, 2014
Remarks: Not only a lentoid formed aryballos is rare, but it is also very interesting that handles come from completely different canes and are made in a different form. When applying a ribbon handle, it is usually done in a straight forward manner, the handle is applied with a few spots touching and adhering. This makes the handle weak and many of the frills of the ribbon often break off in sections. On this flask however, both handles are reinforced by placing a pad of glass on each shoulder first with the handles applied to that. This also allows the maker to work slower. So it is not a repair to either handle but is rather the glassmaker experimenting using pads to strengthen handles and experimenting with slightly different shape handles. An interesting piece because the technique in which the two handles are attached is rare too.
Reference: No parallels could be found