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 craftsmanship & 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, is an example of vintage glass produced by one of the above factories, and it is a piece which features numerous glass making qualities and technical achievements that were pioneered at Murano during the late 19th century...
To produce such an outstanding item, took a lot of thought, careful planning and a total understanding of glass as a working medium. After all, where would you start, to create this sensational piece?
Untypically, the foot would have been the first working procedure in this instance, and it would have also been allowed to slightly cool. The short crystal stem is adequate enough to then work and to apply the central dolphin column and then finally the stylized Jack-in-The-Pulpit cornucopia formed top.
The central dolphin of this style & form is almost the very trademark of vintage Venetian free-blown glass. It appears upon countless Venetian glass items and has been used through the centuries in a wide variety of styles, sizes and for use... From candlesticks, drinking glasses, comports, lamps & chandeliers, these fantastical glass creatures makes this glass instantly recognisable. They also (in the main) display the same characteristics as having flecks of gold, hollow formed bodies, looped tails and almost `animated' grinning faces... The dolphin as used for this particular piece has been produced using solid crystal (no doubt to provide additional strength) and has been flecked with 24ct gold aventurine and has yellow glass eyes with black glass pupils. A charming feature is also the addition of a stylized fin which acts as a head covering for the dolphin.
... Having produced the green glass foot of this piece, the second working procedure would have been the cornucopia formed vase, which whilst still hot, the crystal glass dolphin could be produced by the master glass blower, and then attached with precision and combined heat to adhere one to the other. The top-most upper point of the piece would have been the final working procedure, and it is here that a ponty rod would have been attached so as to keep the entire piece upon its horizontal & vertical axis.
Whilst the dolphin was still hot, the stem of glass upon the foot would have been sufficiently re-melted to attach it... Job done, but by no means an easy task... This piece is the work of a highly skilled master, and it is entirely unique for your collection... It is quite simply gorgeous.
As aforementioned this piece is completely free of any damage. It is in pristine mint condition. It has an unground unpolished pontil mark.
Height: 11 inches 28cms Cornucopia top diameter: 5 x 4 inches Foot diameter: 3.5 inches Postage weight: 1k 900gms
Item ID: JJ808
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