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Murano. 'A reticello' tumbler, 16th century. H. 15 cm. Clear glass, glass rods, clear and opaque white, pricked air bubbles.

'A reticello' tumbler, century. Clear glass, glass rods, clear and opaque white, pricked air bubbles.

Vessel or wig-stand; opaque white glass; spherical; surface with elaborate gilded decoration, comprising scrolls and mermaids; bosses with masks on body; bulb stem and foot. Italy (Venice), early 16th century.

Vessel or wig-stand; surface with elaborate gilded decoration, comprising scrolls and mermaids; bulb stem and foot.

Goblet of turquoise opaque glass decorated with enamel and gilding; cup flares outwards at the rim. The body painted with scale work in dark red with white dots; on each side, within an elaborate ogival frame, is a medallion enclosing a pair of lovers, a man and a woman as if seen by day and by night. Italy (Venice), late 15th century.

Turquoise glass goblet, Venice, late The goblet is enamelled and gilded with pairs of lovers, suggesting that it may have been a betrothal gift. The Waddesdon Bequest. ©The Trustees of the British Museum

Ewer, Venice, late 16th century © Trustees of the British Museum

Ewer, Venice, late 16th century

Ewer, Venice, late century, glass, oviform body on narrow stem and bell-foot; narrow neck and trefoil mouth; arched handle terminating in animal mask; gilt metal plates where handle joins rim; ornamented throughout with vertical bands of white filigree.

Bowl -- Late 15th Century -- Glass, enamel & gilt -- Murano -- Metropolitan Museum of Art

Bowl -- Late Century -- Glass, enamel & gilt -- Murano -- Metropolitan Museum of Art

Goblet; glass; elegant, funnel-shaped body resting on compressed bulb and bell-foot, ribbed through; millefiori; colours in the embedded devices are blue and brown intermingled with gold sprinklings.

elegant, funnel-shaped body resting on compressed bulb and bell-foot, ribbed through; colours in the embedded devices are blue and brown intermingled with gold sprinklings.

L'avventura del Vetro - Exhibition Museo Correr

In this century, Murano glassmakers favoured clear, transparent glass, which they could decorate using various techniques.

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