Tall 11" Empoli Glass Stemmed Goblet, in Sky Blue and Opalescent White | Made in Italy
Empoli, as a municipality itself, is approx 30kms (45 mins) slightly south-west of Florence, in the region of Tuscany, Italy. It’s the somewhat forgotten region of the country when it comes to glass manufacturing, behind the well-known Murano or Venetian glass.
Glass making in the Empoli region of Italy actually has a history which dates to the 1500s, when local glass production was known as ‘verde’ (Italian for green). The traditional verde glass was created for a number of both functional and decorative pieces during its time.
However, during the peak post-war period, decorative items produced in Empoli and the surrounding region were manufactured at an all-time high, bound for western international markets. Across the peak of the 1950s through the early 1970s, decorative decanters, vessels, vases and the like were exported and sold at various department stores in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, etc.
Catalogues for department stores and home styling magazines of the era can be found today online showcasing decorative Italian decanters and vases, for the most part originating from the Empoli region.
Today we've got a spectacular find; this example being a stemmed goblet, with a soft sky blue body and an opalescent white stem. It also has a gorgeous optic pattern through the body of the glass.
This exceptional beauty is an absolute sight to behold.
This stunning example of Italian glass measures approx 28cm (11") in height, and 16cm diameter (at its widest point). It's in excellent vintage condition, with no wear to mention. It is chip and crack free; we can't see any flaws to mention.