A gorgeous Venetian Murano 'Sommerso' Vase in brilliant colours standing 7 1/4" tall. Condition is like Mint and the base is engraved O Murano 01. We attribute this to Michele Onesto. “Sommerso” (Italian) literally means “submerged”. This technique is used to create several layers of glass (usually with different contrasting colors) inside a single object, giving the illusion of “immersed” colors that lay on top of each other without mixing. This is done by uniting different layers of glass through heat and repeatedly immersing them in pots of molten colored glass. This technique is quite recognizable: it is characterized by an outer layer of colorless glass and thick layers of colored glass inside it, as if a big drop of color had been captured inside the transparent glass. When one first sees these objects, it seems almost impossible to conceive such beautiful colors being locked so perfectly inside what would seem solid glass, and then undoubtedly one begins to wonder how ever did they manage to achieve such a complex game of shapes and colors right in the middle of a clear glass object. Antonio Da Ross, a highly skilled Venetian glassmaker, first developed the sommerso technique in Murano in the late 1930’s.
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