Venetian glassmaking has existed at Murano, Venice, from as early as the 8th century. Established for centuries and to come to be recognised as forerunners of free-blown glass craftmanship & skill.
A notable event in Murano glass history came in 1859, when Antonio Salviati, a Lawyer from Vicenza, arrived where he set up his firm: Salviati dott. His impact was to place Venetian Murano glass, firmly on the map. His abilities inspired others to follow: Fratelli Toso,and soon by other innovative firms, such as Fratelli Barovier and Francesco Ferro & Figlio..
The exquisite form of the piece offered here is a recognised notable item by Salviati's own hand. Forms of this style were infact marketed as being cream jugs. The Nautilus jug-shape offering the possibility, together with its stylized handle.
To fully appreciate the qualities of this glass, one has to reflect upon how it was achievable to produce.
Firstly the vessel shape was formed using a rose quartz coloured glass with aventurine (inclusions of gold flecks). The hollow-necked form of the handle was then mouth-blown and tooled by hand and attached to the vessel body as in situ. The wings of the stylized dragon-bird and also other areas are each similarly decorated with aventurine inclusions of gold.
The fact that the neck is HOLLOW is a technical achievement of its own. Hot glass expands and then collapses into itself unless air is allowed to escape. Timing therefore is a critical element when attaching the handle. A simple error at this stage and the piece could not be reworked.
The handle also required to be completely on axis. If not, then the stem and its foot cannot be successfully produced.
Next came the stem formation itself which again is a hollow feature of this study. A solid glass stem would have sufficed, but hey, not for Salviati!
The foot of the piece is notable too and for good reason. It has been mouth blown and then hand-spun and is domed, folded & wrythen ribbed. It is also aventurine decorated to compliment the glass above.
As a glass blower myself, this piece of glass displays remarkable & technical glass knowledge and skill...
...My own working knowledge served me quite well, for I received this historical item damaged. Destined for the trash can, I quite literally have saved it?
The handle had been broken off. A clean break and lucky enough with no missing glass. It would be impossible to match glass to this piece. Different glass batches are rarely (if ever at all) compatible. They will fuse whilst still remaining molten but sill shatter when cooled.
With an annealing oven at my disposal and the ability to at least try, I managed to re-assemble the glass to its former glory, using ONLY the original pieces to fuse back together. The repair can be seen on close inspection, but is stable and i am proud of my achievement on such a worthy piece. Though not at all detracting, I have considered the repair and priced the glass accordingly. My minuscule repair has saved this historical piece which has a catalogued value of £420 GBP due to its scarcity.
This is just one example of the amazing glass articles of which were produced by a genius of his era: Antonio fu Bartolomeo Salviati.
All of the glass designed & produced by him personally, are items of quality, outstanding levels of glass technical skill, combined with incredible beauty. His works are also of major historical importance, and as such they each and all and justifiably so, deserve the utmost of high regard.
Non-ground unpolished pontil mark. c1880's by Antonio fu Bartolomeo Salviati... ... and saved & restored with my greatest of respect.
Height: 7 inches Jug width dimensions: 4.75 x 1.75 inches Foot diameter: 3 inches Postage weight: 2k
Item ID: JJ173
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