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A PAIR OF GILT-COPPER-MOUNTED GREEN GLASS VASES
ITALIAN, PROBABLY NAPLES, CIRCA 1600
Each with a narrow mouth and tapering neck flanked by scrolling handles, above a bulbous body, embellished with pierced gilt-copper straps above a circular spreading foot; minor wear to gilding, dents and scratches
The origin of ormolu-mounted glass vases such as the present lot, has been debated by scholars. Venice was the location traditionally associated with the production of such objects. However, it is noted in the introduction to the glass and enamel catalogue of Waddesdon Manor that Florentine, Spanish and Neapolitan drawings and paintings have depicted similar objects, suggesting that they were also being produced in Naples, then under the control of the Spanish crown (see R. J. Charleston and M. Archer, The James A. de Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor - Glass and Enamels, London, 1977, pp. 21-25, nos. 30-33).