This fabulous pair of Venetian courtesan figurines, display numerous high levels of glass working skill and a total understanding of glass as a working medium.
The costumes of both figures for example, have been double cased using clear and green glass over white to achieve the vibrant colour of lime green. Flecks of pure gold `Aventurine' are also a predominant feature, as is also the tooling of both figures to provide pleats & folds to their costumes. A further technical working achievement is the fine white glass threading to the lower part of the lady's dress. The choice of black glass, against the lime green and white, is a triumph in terms of visual appeal. Who ever produced this stunning pair, was a Master of his craft.
The annealing process for glass statues such as these, is more often than not carried out during the making & formation of them. Constant control of heat throughout the glass, so that the entire cools down at the same rate and not too quickly, to prevent the glass from cracking once it has cooled.
There are two pontil marks to both figures, which can help to understand the working procedures used to create this magnificent pair. Both would have been formed from the waist down, before the upper parts of their body were created. I will, if I may, use the male figure to describe how these figurines would have been made...
A solid ball of opaque white glass, coated with translucent green glass, produces the vibrant colour. This ball of glass is then elongated and slightly flattened before then adding more green glass in vertical strips and then returning the piece to the furnace, to melt and to blend them to an approximate shape. Working quickly, this shape was then sliced with metal shears so that the legs of the figure could be worked upon and the white trails of glass to his lower legs and his shoes were added along with the white sash-belt to one side of the figure.
Once slightly cooled, the stylized leaf was added to the back of the his legs to provide a sturdy support and additional visual appeal. The following stage was crucial. The foot of the piece, which is the most challenging working procedure upon the piece. Once this had been turned & spun, a ponty rod was attached so that the upper body could then be created. Firstly the chest and then both arms down to each elbow. The black glass lower arms were then added working them into shape, followed by the `Aventurine' crystal wrist cuffs. The entire being carefully placed so that the figure remained upon a perfect axis whilst also displaying movement. Working quickly, the head was formed & tooled into shape and his crystal hair and collar were applied.
A second glass worker at the ready with the hat, was then placed into position, to be later `snapped off' at its top (once the figure had completely cooled) hence the second ponty mark that is evident to the centers of both hats on both figures... The pontil rod at the centre of the round foot was removed more-or-less as soon as the hat was applied. Job done! But now the lady, which of course had to be of exact same proportions! It looks and it sounds easy, I can assure you that it is not. :-)
There is only one factory which would have made figures of this quality & style and that is Barovier & Toso.
The Barovier family can be traced back within Murano glassmaking to circa 1295, not merging with the Toso family of glassworkers until many centuries later, to produce outstanding works of Venetian glass AS ONE very special "Family" combined.
One should also consider the extraordinary fact that Barovier are in "The Guinness Book of Records" as the oldest family of glaziers recorded and also the 5th most ancient firm in the world which still to this day are perhaps second to none.
Just one of these figures is a delight, but as a pair they become sensational. Their condition is pristine & mint and there is no damage at all to either of them. They are of the finest quality for your collection, particularly at this current Sale Price and their value is destined to grow...
Height of male figure: 12 inches Height of lady figure: 11 inches Foot diameters: 3.75 inches Postage weight: *3k 500gms *Postage Discounts are available for this item to overseas (outside of Europe) by request
Item ID: JJ822
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