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7. TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT HISTORICAL GLASS (pulldown menu) » Stem definition: a merese with thin hollow baluster or more appropriately a jambe stem Description: The glass has a trumpet-shape bowl with a broad mouth resting on a collar or merese with a thin hollow a jambe stem and flat circular foot. 79E Cristallo Wine

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  1. Emilio Santini said, on December 17, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    The explanation is wrong. It is not called “merese” o proper in Venetian “morise”, but “siela” or “siea” since the “l” in the Venetian language, when in the middle of the word to reinforce the “i” sound, is silent. In Venetian or more exactly, Murano glass blowing, a disc of glass on a stem of a goblet is called “siela”. The word derives from the name of a lozenge (round disc) that apothecaries use to sell since ancient times. The glassblowers imported the word to name that particular shape on a stem. “Morise” is a thread of glass that is applied hot on a stem or sometime on the body of the cup and then it is pinched or tweezed. Thank you for your comment. In English the Noun: merese (plural mereses)is A flat, sharp-edged, often disc-shaped knob, separating the stem of a drinking-glass from the foot or separating the bowl of the glass from the stem.

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