This is an incredible Murano vase reminiscent of the Venini Canne patterns.
This large piece was produced c. 1960-70 and weighs over 5 kg (10 lbs).
This classically shaped piece has white threads or canes running along its length. The base colour of the glass gradually transforms from a deep burgundy at the base to a bright blue along a wedge at the top, with a flash of yellow-green.
It is an excellent example of Murano workmanship.
Dimensions: Approximately 36.3 cm (14 ¼ in) high.
Signature: "Murano – Made in Italy" sticker on the body.
Condition: Very Good. No cracks, chips or repairs. Bubble inclusions throughout. Some minor scratches and wear consistent with age.
A Note About Murano Glass:
Murano glass is a famous product of the Venetian island of Murano. Located off the shore of Venice, Italy, Murano has been a commercial port as far back as the 7th century. By the 10th century, the city had become well-known for its glassmakers, who created unique Murano glass. While Murano glassmakers have settled and operate elsewhere, some say authentic Murano glass is fabricated only in Murano.
It is believed that glassmaking in Murano originated in 9th century Rome, with significant Asian and Muslim influences, as Venice was a major trading port. Murano's reputation as a center for glassmaking was born when the Venetian, fearing fire and destruction of the city's mostly wooden buildings, ordered glassmakers to move their foundries to Murano in 1291. Murano glass is still interwoven with Venetian glass.
Murano's glassmakers were soon the island's most prominent citizens. By the 14th century, glassmakers were allowed to wear swords, 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. Many craftsmen took this risk and set up glass furnaces 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.
Murano's glassmakers held a monopoly on quality glassmaking for centuries, developing or refining many technologies including crystalline glass, enamelled glass (smalto), glass with threads of gold (aventurine), multicoloured glass (miillefiori), milk glass (lattimo), and imitation gemstones made of glass. Today, the artisans of Murano are still employing these century-old techniques, crafting everything from contemporary art glass and glass figurines to Murano glass chandeliers and wine stoppers.
Today, Murano is home to a vast number of factories and a few individual artist's studios making all manner of glass objects from mass marketed stemware to original sculptures.