5 October 2006 -
7 January 2007

At Home in Renaissance Italy

Goblet with Double Portrait

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Bearing idealised portraits of the bride and groom, this goblet could have been used for the moment in the betrothal ritual when they drank out of the same cup. This was a symbolic gesture signifying the fact that, as a married couple, they would share the same table. The goblet's fine enamelled decoration made it suitable for display in the home afterwards.

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Goblet with Double Portrait
1475-1500, Venice
Glass, the foot blown in a dip mould, with enamelled and gilded decoration
V&A: 409-1854