Footed goblet

Footed goblet

Footed goblet
Venice, Italy
1475–1510
Museum no. 7536-1861

This beautiful goblet demonstrates the technical supremacy of Venetian glass in the late 15th century, after the invention of a colourless glass, known as cristallo, that was as clear as rock crystal. The form, on a high, bell-shaped foot, and the decoration, of dots of coloured enamels forming simple floral motifs, is characteristic of the drinking vessels and other tableware produced in Venice at this time. These were such luxury products that they were even sent to the Mamluks as diplomatic gifts,and traded to Islamic lands on the luxury market. An almost identical goblet, now in the Corning Museum of Glass, was said to have been found in the Jewish cemetery in Damascus.