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Vessel in the Shape of a Fish
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Vessel in the Shape of a Fish

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Description Such a refined object could have found a place either on the banquet table of a noble household or in a collection of masterpieces in rock crystal. Dolphins with entwined tails support the fish, while the wavy patterns on the base represent flowing water. During the late Renaissance and Baroque periods, natural shapes were often imitated in elaborate virtuoso displays, as is splendidly demonstrated here. Vessels in the shapes of fishes were a particular specialty of the Sarachi family in Milan.
  • World of Wonder. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1971-1972.
  • A Salute to the Aquarium. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1981.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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ca. 1590-1600 (Renaissance)
rock crystal, agate, later gilded silver mounts
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7 7/16 x 11 1/2 in. (18.9 x 29.2 cm)


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