Mottled agate tumbler
early 18th century
Object Place: Europe, Italy
9.4 cm (3 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Blown agate glass (calcedonio), with aventurine inclusions
Alyce Morrissey Gallery (Kunstkammer) (Gallery 143)
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.
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. George Washington Wales