Ancient Glass Blog of The Allaire Collection

English Glass Week (Wednesday)

Posted in Uncategorized by Allaire Collection of Glass on April 26, 2017

The Venetian Style Glass in England in the 16th Century

When the Venetian glass making secrets reached the Netherlands and France in the 16th C, it was not long before they were brought to England.  In 1587 Jean Carre, an experienced glass-maker, settled in the Weald of Kent.  He imported nine Venetian glass workers, of which the most significant was Jacomo Verzelini.  When Carre died (1572) Verzelini took over the business and eventually acquired a cristallo glass house in London. By December (1574) he obtained a 21-year monopoly to make Façon de Venise glasses in England.  Some of these glasses have survive but most are fragmentary.  The following wine glasses are from Museum collections.

This goblet is in the Corning Museum of Glass #63.2.8. This link is to a clip about the: Verzelini goblet

H: 20.9 cm, Diam (max): 10.4 cm


England, probably London

This second goblet is also in the Corning Museum of Glass #50.2.1

H: 20.5 cm; Rim Diam: 10.5 cm

D: 1577

England, probably London, possibly France

This goblet with opaque white trails and engraved is in the British Museum

English Glass Plate 14, D: 1586 , Giacomo Verzelinis Glasshouse

This goblet with the coat of arms of Queen Elizabeth I is in the Victoria & Albert Museum

D: 1581,  Giacomo Verzelinis Glasshouse

This goblet made with dark soda glass is in the Fitzwilliam Museum #171

D: 1578, Giacomo Verzelinis Glasshouse

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