our ordinary Crown Glass. These large pieces required
correspondingly larger crucibles and furnaces for their formation;
but whether they are of Roman or earlier manufacture, it is difficult
Fig. 5, the Chinese lion, is cut by the
engraver's tool from a solid pedestal of Glass, of great density;
probably, made from broken English Flint Glass, with an addition of
oxide of lead. The execution, as a work of art, is by no means pleasing,
but as a piece of ingenuity and uncommon industry it is a curiosity: it
may be seen at the Museum of Geology, at Charing Cross, at the head of
which institution is Sir. H. de la Beche, to whose kindness the author
is much indebted.
Fig. 6. A small glass rosette, brought from
China, in the collection of the Propaganda at Rome.
Fig. 7. A small green glass lion, exhumed
These specimens are sketched from Minutoli's
work, and serve to show the variety of countries whence fragments of
ancient glass have been discovered.
ANCIENT MOSAIC, CHINESE, AND VENETIAN SPECIMENS, ETC.
Fig. 1. A solid ancient Venetian ball,
consisting of fragments of filigree cane, placed in a hollow, transparent,
white Glass pocket, and collapsed by extracting the air as the mass
fuses together by the heat of the furnace.
Fig. 2. Specimen of modern French Mille-Fiore
Glass,—formerly made by the ancients and the Venetians; it consists
of slices off the ends of cones, of various colours, inclosed in