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Tazza, with the lion of St Mark: MAR.C.116-1912

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Current Location: Gallery 7 (Courtauld)


Tazza, with the lion of St Mark


Maker: Unidentified Venetian glasshouse (Probably)




Clear glass, partly mould-blown, painted in blue, green, red, and white enamels, and gilded. Circular with mould-blown anti-clockewise wrythen gadroons on the underside, a folded lip, and low foot with folded rim. In the centre is a circular depression enamelled and gilded with the lion of St. Mark, surrounded by circles of red, green and white dots. A band of gold decoration with red, white and dark blue spots is painted on the underside. The ribs are gilded at the tip.


History note: Unknown before Charles Brinsley Marlay (1831-1912)

Legal notes

C.B. Marlay Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: H. cm; d. 28.8 cm cm

Place(s) associated

  • Murano, Venice ⪼ Veneto ⪼ Italy

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1912-06-18) by Marlay, Charles Brinsley


16th Century, Early#
Circa 1500 CE - 1515 CE


The Venetian glasshouses were situated on the Island of Murano as a precaution against them causing a fire in the city. A lion, the symbol of the evangelist, St Mark, had been adopted as the symbol of Venice after the relics of the saint had been taken there from Alexandria in 828 AD.

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People, subjects and objects depicted

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( red, white, blue and green) gold leaf

Materials used in production

presumed Soda lime glass

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Identification numbers

Accession number: MAR.C.116-1912
Primary reference Number: 27944
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 18 December 2023 Last processed: Monday 18 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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