These are very reminiscent of the Daum pieces that I sold some years ago. The mother dolphin is extremely heavy. Her baby is heavy for its size. These were early pieces from the Zanetti Vetreria Artistica, and are signed by the master glassworker, Licio Zanetti. He retired in 1989. I have included some additional details about this studio at the end of the listing.
Country of Origin: Italy.
Size: Baby 7" long. Mother 12 1/2". (These are measurements not including the arches.)
Marks: Signed by L. Zanetti.
The factory was founded in 1956 by the glassmaster Oscar Zanetti and his son Licio. The furnace quickly distinguished itself for the artistic quality of master Licio Zanetti’s glass sculptures, and soon took its place among the most prestigious companies on Murano. In 1989 master Licio Zanetti stepped down in favor of his son Oscar (named after his grandfather), who had been working by his side since his youth. From his father he inherited his artistic talent, which he learned to express through the ancient glass techniques of Murano as well as through new techniques invented in the furnace itself. His predilection for naturalistic subjects is reflected in a lively collection inspired by the flora and fauna of his beloved Venetian Lagoon: blown or massive glass objects, all executed rigorously by hand, in the best tradition of the great masters of Murano.
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