Ewer, Venice, late 16th century © Trustees of the British Museum
glass; oviform body on narrow stem and bell-foot; narrow neck and trefoil mouth; arched handle terminating in animal mask; gilt metal plates where handle joins rim; ornamented throughout with vertical bands of white filigree. Height: 28 centimetres. Bequeathed by Felix Slade. S.941. Acquisition date 1868. British Museum.
Very similar ewer in Toledo Museum which has silver-gilt mounts on handle, neck and footring attributed to Heinrich Straub of Nuremberg, see Jutta-Ann Page on Toledo glass 2007, no. 35c. Marked for Straub, active 1608-1636, another in Los Angeles Museum of Art, perhaps made as a pair.
Bibliography: Tait, Hugh, The Golden Age of Venetian Glass, London, British Museum, BMP, 1979, 105
Nesbitt, A, Catalogue of the Collection of Glass formed by Felix Slade, London, 1871, p.163