Pre-Felton acquisitions included:
- Cruet stand (1740). Purchased 1871. NGV p.16 [ill.]: see photo at right
- Barrel, bowl and tankard (various dates), attributed to Briati. Purchased 1871. NGV 31-D1R, 57-D1R & 95-D1R [all reproduced]
[Photo: Cruet stand. Purchased 1871 (NGV p.16)]
Giuseppe Briati (1686-1772), born into a family of Murano glass-makers, became famous for the elaborate chandeliers he produced for the Ca’Rezzonico and other Venetian palaces in the mid 18th century.
The works acquired for Melbourne in 1871, by or attributed to Briati, formed part of the group of just over 100 pieces of Venetian glass bought in 1871: see also Unknown Venetian glassmakers [DA].
For details of the individual works (and reproductions of some of them), see https://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/explore/collection/artist/7887/
For Briati, see e.g. https://www.muranonet.com/unfold-venice/giuseppe-lorenzo-briati; and Paolo Zecchin in Journal of Glass Studies Jan.2011, pp.161-75 (yet to see; cited via researchgate.net) [both sites accessed 20 April 2020]