655. Rare Pair 'Liege a Traforato' Waisted Glass Baskets with Stands 18thCt


Stunning Rare Pair of Liege ’A TRAFORATA’ Clear Glass Openwork Lattice Baskets of Circular Waisted Form, complete with their original under-trays, last half of the Eighteenth Century.

Each basket built by hand with layered pincered and looped strands of very ductile glass resembling a traditional "Crochet Work " effect, on blown bases with sharp pontils, the base of each bowl is deeply domed and ribbed like half a melon with pontil marks, one on outside and one underneath which shows each piece had to be worked from both sides, standing on a flared decorative foot rim.

Each circular stand with similar openwork decoration to borders.

Condition: Good condition for such early pieces of rare glass, no losses or restoration anywhere.

Height: (basket) 4.5” (11.5cm). Diameter: (basket top rim) 6.5” (16.5cm). Diameter: (under plate) 9.5" (24cm).

Shipped to Deniliquin, New South Wales, Australia.

During the early part of the 18th Century Liege, a city along the Meuse River in Belgium’s French-speaking Walloon region became a notable centre for the manufacture of Glass items. It is particularly associated with the complicated and highly intricate manufacture of “spun” glass or “a traforata” which name indicates that the origin of this technique was Venice. Indeed the Venetians took drastic steps to prevent the spread of falcon de Venice to Northern Europe.

We are pleased to offer these special rare pieces as the nature of this product being fragile and made for regular use meant that most of this glass did not survive.

Catalogued by Patrick Howard.