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made in Venice

Postcard of Bowl.
© National Museums Scotland


This glass bowl was made by the firm of Antonio Salviati in Venice in the 1870s.

The glass has been manufactured in such a way as to look like porphyry - a reddish-purple rock with large crystals of the mineral feldspar.

Antonio Salviati (1816-90) played a significant role in the revival of the Venetian glass industry in the late 1850s. He founded a company to manufacture mosaics and placed the direction of the workshop under Lorenzo Radi. Radi's vessel glass became highly regarded throughout Europe in the 1860s and 1870s. By 1862 Salviati's company was employing over 200 workers.

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Online ID: 000-180-000-106-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1879.20.3
Date: 1870s
19th century
Material: Glass, in imitation of red porphyry with white crystals, blue border containing white spiral
Dimensions: 1.50" H x 5.75" D
What: Patera
Subject: European glass
Where: Italy, Venice
Description: Glass patera in imitation of red porphyry with white crystals, with a blue border containing white spiral: Italian, Venetian, 19th century
  • Evans, G. Souvenirs From Roman Times to the Present Day. Edinburgh: NMS Publishing Ltd, 1999, pp 31-2. 
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