(b Venice 1522; d 20 Jan. 1607). Italian glassmaker, active in England. He migrated to Antwerp in 1649, and in 1565 moved with his wife and six children to London. He joined the Crutched friars Glasshouse, which he took over in 1572. In 1574 he obtained a licence granted by Elizabeth I for the production of Venetian-style glass for 21 years, which also prohibited the import of Venetian glass and the production of glass à la façon de Venise by other glasshouses. Only 12 surviving pieces are ascribed to Verzelini's English years. They are thinly blown soda-glass goblets, some with funnel-shaped bowls, and some with hollow, moulded, knop stems and a folded foot. Although one is gilded, the remainder are decorated with diamond-point engraving bearing a name, date or inscription. Verzelini retired in 1592; the workshop passed to his sons Francis and Jacob, but the licence to make Venetian glass was awarded to Sir Jerome Bowers.
From The Grove Encyclopedia of Decorative Arts in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Decorative Arts, Furniture, and Industrial Design.