||Roman Chalice Item 1634|
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Roman Chalice from the 3rd-4th Century AD
In early 1200 AD the Venetian Glass Makers' Guild was founded.
By 1291, all the glass makers in Venice were forced to move to the island of Murano.
This eliminated the fear of starting fires in Venice by glass makers furnaces and provided control over the industry.
Murano was only an hours paddle from Venice by gondola but the glass blowers and their families were forbidden to leave the island.
This kept the glass industry secret and if a glassblower left Murano, it was a crime punishable by death.
Despite these laws, many glass makers managed to leave and it was these refugees who brought the art to Tyrol, Vienna, Flanders, France and England.