The sign read, “Centrepiece designed like an italian garden with fountains, arches, pots with flowers, flower-beds
Centrepieces, also known as ‘deseri,’ enjoyed enormous popularity during the 18th century.
The glassmaker Giuseppe Briati was credited with creating many fine examples which adorned the Doge’s tables. They were proper theatre scenes, their designs often inspired by historical or mythological subjects. Sometimes they offered – as this one – a glimpse of the life enjoyed by Venetians on holiday.”