Venetian glassmaking has existed at Murano, Venice, from as early as the 8th century, and established itself for centuries 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.
Offered here and in MINT condition, these outstanding pair of dolphin candlesticks are vintage examples produced by the hand of Barovier or Salviati circa 1880's., and they feature numerous glass making qualities and technical skills which were pioneered by the two masters, during the late 19th century...
... Each candlestick holder would have been produced separately and from start to finish.
Firstly the dolphin was formed and mouth blown (as both are hollow) using crystal and with aventurine -gold dust flecks. The eyes of each dolphin being the next procedure were applied with absolute precision. One mistake here and it is "abort the launch!"
A conical shape of ruby glass (not too dissimilar to the shape of the candle holder) was then attached to the base of the dolphin and without hesitation, flanged and spun outwards in one very careful, but quick movement. One only has the one chance to do this and to keep the glass on vertical & horizontal axis. A non-round foot is a no-go and after all, who would purchase it? The SIZE of the foot on these candlestick holders, is incredible in terms of glass making excellence. Each is domed, folded and wrythen patterned which is an exceptionally difficult working procedure.
Whilst still hot, a further ponty rod was attached to the precise central underside of the foot so that the candle holder could be mouth blown & formed and the aventurine crystal frill added.
The finished result would be allowed to cool ever-so-slowly in the annealing oven (for as long as 3 days!) to avoid stress and equal cooling. Anything less and the cooled glass would crack. End of story! Next it was onto the second of this pair... ...Same amount of glass, same amount of technical skill and even more due to wanting to produce an exact pair. No mean feat, I assure you!
Once all was well, the ponty rod was "cut-snapped" and we are now presented with the remarkable result. Even the highly skilled glass masters of today find it difficult to attempt or to remake these outstanding and inspirational works by Barovier or Salviati.
Ruby glass of this age used pure Gold solution to achieve its colour, hence the heavy weight of this pair of candlestick holders, in relation to their size.
Shown here also with a central comport, they are incredible survivors and worthy enough to grace any collection of glass.
The comport is also available (please see its own separate listing) and an attractive 25% will be deducted from the total price for all three of these fabulous pieces of historical Venetian glass. A substantial saving of $283USD (£175GBP)
Heights: 8" Foot diameters: 4 ½" *Postage weight: 2k * As with ALL of my items, these will be professionally & appropriately packed and are available to be mailed worldwide.
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