Nef Ewer

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Murano, Italy
Nef Ewer, late 16th century
Colorless cristallo and blue glass with gilded ornamentation
12 1/4 × 10 1/2 × 5 in. (31.12 × 26.67 × 12.7 cm)
Gift of Gabriele Flagg Pfeiffer M1988.135
Photo credit: John Nienhuis
Currently on View

This fanciful rigged sailing vessel is an extremely rare example of sixteenth-century Venetian glassmaking. The delicate little vessel is one of only three in the world that can be securely documented to have been made before the wide-scale manufacture and dissemination of historicized versions at the end of the nineteenth century. The other two examples are located in the British Museum, London, and the Museum of Applied Arts, Prague.

Publication History
Kelly, Chelsea Emelie. People's Choice: Your Top 25 Works of Art in the Collection. Milwaukee Art Museum: Under the Wings, April 5, 2013. http://blog.mam.org/2013/04/05/peoples-choice-your-top-25-works-of-art-in-the-collection/.

Milwaukee Art Museum. Building a Masterpiece: Milwaukee Art Museum. New York: Hudson Hill Press, 2001, p. 64, color illus.

Winters, Laurie et al., A Renaissance Treasury: The Flagg Collection of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 1999, p. 74, cat. 27, color illus. p. 74, color detail p. 48.

Katalog der Reichhaltigen, nachgelassenen Kunst-Sammlung des Hernn Karl Thewalt in Köln. Cologne, 1903, p. 32, lot 473, illus. no. 473.
Exhibition History
A Renaissance Treasury: The Flagg Collection of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, Alabama, April 17–June 14, 1988; The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, Ohio, August 1–November 1, 1998; Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts, December 11, 1998–March 14, 1999; Honolulu Academy of Arts, Honolulu, Hawaii, April 29–June 20, 1999; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis, Tennessee, July 11–September 12, 1999; Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University, Standford, California, October 12, 1999–January 2, 2000.

Recent Acquisitions, Milwaukee Art Museum, May 18–September 10, 1989.


This information is subject to change as the result of ongoing research.