The tazza or footed salver with quite unusual 8-sided hollow bulbous ribbed stem,
having a very slight twist,
with multiple basal collars, supporting a circular tray with raised 1/2" collar,
the high domed foot with a wide 1/2" double fold; snapped pontil
Condition : Good to excellent;
some small minor surface scratches to the tray (visible under bright light and shown in images);
lovely striation; a few minor nibbled to one of the stem ribs;
good wear beneath the footrim
Tazza' in Italian means 'cup', these having been used across Europe and England since the 16th century.
The name tazza is actually "cup" in Italian, referring to large, shallow wine cup on a high stem.
However this kind of tazza was developed for food rather than beverage,
and the basic form is indeed that of an elevated cupped dish.
This elevated shape allowed additional space on the dining table,
as well as adding elegance, grace and visual interest.
The foods served were generally small, as hors d'oeuvres and desserts.
Tazzas are made from glass, silver and ceramics. Some glass tazzas are even multi-level.
Silver tazzas would have been used in the homes of only the wealthy and aristocratic,
many 17th century tazzas being highly ornamental. During the late 17th / early 18th century,
the silver tazza assumed a simpler form, as a "salver on stand", and glass, a "footed salver".
During the 19th century, the tazza took on a deeper rounded form, and appears in many ceramic and silver services.
We generally refer to this related form as a "compote".
8.25" Wide, 6" High, 5.25" Wide, the Foot / 24.9 oz.