As part of Project CRISTALLO, a research programme concerning Venetian Renaissance enamelled and/or gilded glass currently being co-ordinated by the Louvre, I was asked to locate examples from reliably dated contexts in Britain. Some of these would then undergo chemical analysis to provide reference information for a database to help distinguish Venetian production from façon de Venise examples and later glasses in Venetian Renaissance style. This type of luxury glass is rare in archaeological excavations, but fascinating Venetian and façon de Venise specimens have been found at several English sites. Recently, some of those I located were analysed by Isabelle Biron and Marco Verità at the Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France (C2RMF) in Paris. The results will be presented at the 20th Congress of the AIHV in September 2015. This lecture will begin by introducing Project CRISTALLO and the research involved in locating the fragments. The glass finds will then be discussed, grouped according to their find sites, which provide important information about the contexts in which these glasses occurred. Fragments of millefiori glass were also excavated at some of the sites and, although these were not relevant to Project CRISTALLO, they will be included in this lecture.
Suzanne Higgott, MA, FSA, is Curator of Glass, Limoges Painted Enamels, Earthenwares and Early Furniture at the Wallace Collection, and author of its Catalogue of Glass and Limoges Painted Enamels, published 2011.