Beaker

Mottled agate tumbler

Italian (Venice)
early 18th century


Object Place: Europe, Italy

Dimensions

9.4 cm (3 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

95.845

Medium or Technique

Blown agate glass (calcedonio), with aventurine inclusions

On View

Alyce Morrissey Gallery (Kunstkammer) (Gallery 143)

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Glass

Bell-shaped beaker on foot, everted rim. Chalcedony glass with aventurine inclusions.


By combining threads of variously colored glass, Venetian glass-blowers simulated chalcedony, a family of richly colored stones that includes agate and onyx. Glittering metallic inclusions added to the glass simulate aventurine, another gemstone. Thus the artist rivals nature in the creation of precious materials.

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Washington Wales