Façon de Venise clear glass tazza, 'alzata'

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17th/ early 18th century
34.7 cm

Formerly, Anonymous sale, Christie's Milan, 10 June 2002, lot 493

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The façon de Venise tazza is of circular shape with slightly upturned rim and is decorated with a trailed blue glass chain between two clear glass trails, the splayed foot has a folded rim.

Similar tazza's are discussed in Fridés Lameris Art and Antiques, 'The Van Beek Collection- Passion for glass', Amsterdam, 2015, pp. 68- 69. Here it is stated that these footed trays with aquamarine decoration must have been bery popular because many examples are known and they are also frequently depicted on contemporary paintings. Like English tazza's, they can also be stacked, thus explaining the varieties in sizes. Lameris illustrates a painting by Sebastian Stosskopf (1597-1657) on which a stack of similar tazza's are depicted laden with various fruits.


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