This large centerpiece created by Flavio Barbini for Cenedese Murano screams "Venetian". Hand spun, the delicate bowl is finished with a gold thread on both the interior and exterior running in counter directions creating a weave pattern. The bowl is joined to a symmetrical base by a dimpled aventurine knob. This is simply a beautiful centerpiece suitable to all classical décors.
Dimensions: Approximately 23 cm (9 in) in height, 34 cm (13 ¼ in) diameter at the top rim.
Signature: "F. Barbini ARS Cenedese Murano" script on base.
Condition: Excellent. No chips, cracks, or repairs.
A Note About the Artist:
Flavio Barbini is the gifted son of Alfredo Barbini.
Learning the art of glass making in Murano at age 13 in 1925, Alfredo became a prominent part of the post-war modernist movement in Murano glassware.
In 1946, Alberto became a partner at Cenedese and then founded his own Barbini glassworks in 1950. Flavio subsequently joined his father's firm as lead designer in 1968.
Flavio in his own right has garnered a reputation as an important Murano glass artist referenced in Marc Heiremans: Art Glass From Murano (Glas Kunst Aus Murano) 1910-1970. His pieces are on display in many prominent galleries and museums including the National Museum of Scotland.
A Note About the Manufacturer:
Cenedese Murano is one of the more prominent producers of Italian Murano art glass.
Murano glass has been a famous product of the Venetian island of Murano for centuries. Located off the shore of Venice, Italy, Murano was a commercial port as far back as the 7th century. By the 10th century it had become a well-known city of trade.
It is believed that glassmaking in Murano originated from 9th century Rome, with significant Asian and Muslim influences, as Venice was a major trading port. Murano's reputation as a centre for glass making was born when the Venetian Republic, fearing fire and destruction to the city's mostly wooden buildings, ordered glassmakers to move their foundries to Murano in 1291.
By the 14th century, glassmakers enjoyed immunity from prosecution by the Venetian state and found their daughters married into Venice's most affluent families. However glassmakers were not allowed to leave the Republic and disclosure of the secrets of glassmaking to other states was punishable by death. Many craftsmen however took this risk and set up glass in surrounding cities and as far afield as England and the Netherlands.
By the end of the 16th century, three thousand of Murano island's seven thousand inhabitants were involved in some way in the glassmaking industry and the glassmakers enjoyed a near monopoly on quality glassmaking for centuries, developing or refining many technologies.
Today, Cenedese' is one of Venice's greatest glassware shops. It has its kiln, workshops and showroom in Murano. Cenedese has collaborated with many prominent artists over the years and its creations vary from vases to glasses, plates, and various other objects, all made out of beautifully colored glass.