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Tazza, Probably French, 17th century

Tazza in Italian means cup (the plural is tazze) and it is a shallow saucer-like dish either mounted on a stem and foot or on a foot alone. It is used either for drinking, serving small items of food, or just for ornamental purposes. From the Iziko Social History collections.

Donation: Mrs. B. Bingham

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"Sea Bowl", glass, by the studio glass artist Shirley Cloete, Somerset West, 1988. Cloete pioneered the studio glass movement in South Africa and was inspired by nature and the sea. From the Iziko Social History collections.

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Glass statue with marble base - "Flame", by the studio glass artist David Reade, Worcester, Cape, 1990. From the Iziko Social History collections.

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Decanter, Silesian, early 18th century. Wheel engraved and cut, bearing the monogram of the VOC (= Dutch East India Company) and the coat of arms of Amsterdam. De Pass Collection. From the Iziko Social History collections.

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Wine glass, English, 1735-65.

Plain stem with Newcastle baluster. From the Iziko Social History collections.

Glass collection

The glass collection includes items bearing the monogram of the Dutch East India Company (VOC), and the Rosa van Gelderen Collection, a small but representative collection depicting English Victorian glass. In the bottle collection is an empty bottle of Constantia Pontac, dating from 1791. A few works created by Shirley Cloete, Gary Thompson and David Reade, reflect the South African Studio Glass Movement.

Examples from the glass collection can be found in most of the Social History sites. There are also items in storage.

Contact

Matthys van der Merwe
Email: marsh@iziko.org.za
Telephone: +27 (0) 21 405 2880