- Fenicio Goblet with Swans and Initial “S” Stem
- Società Anonima per azioni Salviati e Compania
- ca. 1870
- Not on view
- 12 5⁄8 × 5 1⁄8 in. (32.1 × 13.0 cm) diam.
- Credit Line
- Gift of John Gellatly
- Mediums Description
- blown and applied hot-worked glass
- Object — other — vase
- Object Number
The glassmakers of Murano offered collectors a literal alphabet of forms, colors, and patterns. This goblet builds on historical fancy-stem designs with playful swans, delicate bows, and a candy-cane-striped letter "S." Its most eye-catching element is the patterned bowl, in which filigree stripes have been lightly hand-brushed to produce an irregular, feathery pattern, a technique named fenicio (Phoenician). The abundance of features ensured that such vessels were one-of-a-kind treasures.
Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano, 2021.