HUGE Free - Blown Venetian Quilted Ruby Glass Center Piece Bowl Display with Dolphins by Salviati Murano Italy

Ruby glass (by name) first appeared circa 1630-1703 and was the brainchild of Johann Kunckel, a German chemist who developed the techniques required to produce the remarkable depth of ruby-red, by the additions of gold Chloride into the clear crystal batch. It should also be noted that the development of this colour type is inarguably the greatest achievement in the realms of coloured glass, and this example produced on the island of Murano, displays all of the qualities of this glass and a whole lot more besides...

A free-blown glass bowl of half this size is a challenge to produce, with any degree of success, as so too is the spun-foot of this piece and it does not stop there... This example presents itself beautifully with additional quilted-optical decoration and of course a pair of stylized dolphins which in this case have been applied to form handles for the bowl...

Dolphins of this style & form are almost the very trademark of Salviati, free-blown glass. They have appeared upon countless Venetian glass items and have 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 make 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...

To offer a suggestion as to how this piece was produced, the two dolphins were the first working procedure and quite possibly made by a different worker than the bowl itself. Each dolphin would not have been allowed to cool, whilst the master glass blower formed and shaped the bowl, blowing without twisting the glass into a diamond-quilted mould, before then turning out the foot, which is the most challenging of working procedures of all. The foot of a piece, has to be perfectly round, perfectly on axis and perfectly sized in relation to the glass piece above it... and there is no room for error. One mistake here and the entire piece will be doomed, and to `spin-turn' a glass foot that is just one-quarter of this diameter, requires exacting skill by ANY glass blower...

Whilst the dolphins still remained at the same approximate temperature as the bowl, each would have then been applied to each side of the piece, by gently reheating the crystal studs which are evident upon the underside of each pre-formed dolphin...

It is a wonderful piece and its depth of ruby colour is exceptionally luxurious & rich. I have used several group photographs to provide the size & scale of this magnificent piece, which at 27cm diameter & 13cm high is a real show-stopper.

CONDITION REPORT: The only damage to report is as shown. One of the dolphins is missing its tail fin however I have reflected this in the offer price. It still remains a magnificent piece for your collection, and of course being free-blown it is also totally unique...

...Salviati ruby glass comport bowls, do not come much grander than this. It is absolutely stunning...

Widest diameter: 27cms – 10.5 inches Height: 13cms – 5.25 inches Foot diameter: 13-cms - 5.25 inches Postage weight: 2k

Item ID: JJ812


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