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Tazza - Your Label 2010

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This image is to be used as a resource for the Your Label 2010 Fashion Design Competition, in partnership with the V&A.

This Tazza (Italian, "cup", plural tazze is part of the V&A’s Medieval and Renaissance collection. It was made in Venice, Italy, between 1500-1550. The colourless, fragile glass of the dish deliberately mimics the shape and embossed decoration of metalwork vessels. Gilding and enamelling add to the precious effect.

Contemporary treatises advised wealthy householders to display objects such as these in the rooms where they received visitors, to proclaim their taste and discernment. However, the dishes may also have had a practical function, to hold the candied fruit that was brought to conclude a meal for important guests.

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