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Clear glass bowl with a pedestal base. The edge of the bowl and the base are decorated with a line of blue glass. The special characteristics of Venetian glassware were fully appreciated in late medieval London and customs accounts include many references to 'drynkyng cristall', coloured and painted glasses, mirrors and 'stondynglassez' like the example shown here. Luxury glassware was so prized that English ships arrived in Venice laden with woollen cloth, tin, lead and salt fish, and filled their holds with currants and glass for the return voyage. By the 1570s, one commentator noted that "our gentility ... do now generally choose ...Venice glasses both for our wine and beer, than any of those metals or stone wherein before time we have been accustomed to drink."
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