This charming pair of free-blown Venetian glass candlesticks, demonstrate the glass making skill from the Italian island of Murano, in abundance.
The tulip form holders, together with each spun foot, have been beautifully crafted using rich ruby glass that is separated with columned stems of stylized dolphins of pure crystal.
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.
To produce just one of these candlesticks is a challenge, however to accomplish a matching pair or more requires perfection & precision and there are no margins for error. Each single element has got to be exact, from conception of idea to final result.
Had they been mass produced using press moulded glass techniques, then the above does not pose the same challenges by the glass workers, however this pair have been produced entirely by mouth & hand, and as such they are incredible. Naturally, each single candlestick will display very subtle differences, such as the raspberry prunts which have been applied to compliment the crystal dolphins, and slight differences in height & form.
Each has been afforded with 24ct flecks of gold aventurine and both the feet and the holders of ruby glass has been patterned with diamond-shaped quilting.
Their condition is mint. There are no restoration repairs, cracks, chips or other defects. They are both pristine for your collection and a very wise investment.
Heights: 5 inches Foot diameters: 2.75 inches Postage weight: 1k 600gms
Item ID: JJ813
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