Aventurine glass has many alternate names. It may be called monkstone, Stellaria, or goldstone, and it is visually quite stunning. The birth and invention of this glass is credited to an Italian family of glass-makers by the name of Miotti. They created this special and iridescent glass in the mid 17th century and it soon become prized and envied. Their process for creating the glass remained a closely guarded secret for many years, and at first they held exclusive rights to produce it. The secret of making the glass was finally “outed” when a widow of one of the Miotti glass-makers divulged the secrets of making the glass in the early 19th century. Essentially, the glass was combined with copper or copper salts.
This lovely example of aventurine is in the form of a gently ruffled underplate and would originally have held a small bowl or piece of stemware. The combination of the glimmering gold intermixed with is stunning. The plate measures 7" across with the recessed center measuring 2 3/4" across. There are no cracks, chip or repairs and the piece has a rough blown pontil.
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