Murano Bijoux and More
Murano Bijoux and More. Authentic murano glass jewelry and decorations from Murano, Italy.
Beads, jewelry, murrina pendants, lamps, vases, decorative accessories…
When people talk about ItalianÂ art glass, they are usually referring to the vases,paperweights, goblets, and decorative objects produced in the city of Venice and the adjacent island of Murano. Indeed, Murano is the heart of Italian glassmaking, the place where, in the late 13th century, glassmakers were banished lest their furnaces catch the rest of Venice on fire.
Even though the middle of the 19th century was a time of much innovation for Venetian and Murano artisans, the periods of interest to most collectors of antique and vintage Italian art glass are the years between the two world wars and the post-war decades of the 1950s and 1960s.
Murano Bijoux and More
Ercole Barovier was perhaps the most influential figure of theÂ 1920sÂ andÂ 1930s. His familyâ€™s glassmaking roots went all the way back to the Renaissance, and his family first company, Artisti Barovier, was established in 1878. In 1920, the firm changed its name to Vetreria Artistica Barovier & Co., which lasted until its merger with Ferro Toso in 1936.
Before Ercole Barovier took over the firm designs, his family company hired some of the best glass masters in Murano, including future Venini legend Vittorio Zecchini. For Barovier, Zecchini created murrine mosaic paintings on the sides of vases. Other examples combine several techniques for example, a murrine goblet depicting flowers against a blue-sky background might have a very traditional, decorative Venetian knob between the gobletâ€™s bowl and foot.
For its part, Ferro Toso was known in the 1920s and early 1930s for vases that combined classic Venetian forms with bold coloration. Toso Primavera series from this period is particularly prized, as are the pieces that were made using a new technique developed by Toso for coloring hot glass.
The post-war years were unquestionably Muranoâ€™s most glorious period. In the1940s, Barovier & Toso produced thick, clear pieces with textured surfaces called Lenti, as well as the exceptional and highly colorful vases in the now-rare Oriente series. In the 1950s, Barovier & Toso would introduce flat-side cylindrical vases in basketweave cane patterns or checkerboard designs.