Country/Culture: Netherlands, possibly Antwerp
Dimensions: 10 1/2 × 3 1/2 diameter × 4 in. diameter (26.7 × 8.9 × 10.2 cm)
Classification: Decorative Arts, Glass
Credit Line: Gift of Ann and Henry Brunnier. In the Ann and Henry Brunnier Collection, Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Talented glassblowers in the Low Countries produced outstanding façon de Venise (in the manner of Venice) objects during the 17th century. Some of these glasses, whose stems contained twisted colored canes (rods of glass that are bundled together and fused to form a polychrome design that is visible in cross section), were similar to Venetian goblets with serpent stems. Many such vessels were made in the Netherlands and in Germany, some of them by emigrant Venetian workers. In the mid- 18th century, elaborate examples were being diamond-point engraved in Germany. It is likely that glasses of this type were sold in major commercial centers such as Brussels. The engraving on this goblet displays the longish strokes and stylized floral decoration that were characteristic of the 17th century.
Many different styles of façon de Venise began to develop as each country incorporated its own indigenous techniques. In the Netherlands the delicate pincer work and scrolled wings of the Venetian-ware incorporated clear glass crestings and twining stems to produce Flugelglas.