Signed Ghiacciato Vase With by Barbini - 1960's
A beautiful tall cylindrical pale blue Murano glass vase featuring a ghiacciato finish with Barbini's signature incised on the bottom
Designer: Alfredo Barbini. Date of manufacture: late 60s early 70s. Height: 10.25 in (26 cm), diameter 6.25 in (16cm). Excellent condition with no chips or cracks. No damage to note Pictures are part of the description
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Technique: Ghiacciato This glass is thus called due to it having an external surface that is cracked and coarse, like that of cracked ice. This decoration is obtained by dipping the blown glass which is still hot (800°C) in water for few seconds and then exposing it to the hot of the furnace again. The reaction which occurs, a sort of “puckering” , produces an “icy” effect. This process can be repeated several times if a more marked effect is required. This technique has been known since at least the 18th century
Artist: Alfredo Barbini began learning the art of glass making in 1912, aged ten, at Abate Zanetti, the design school attached to the Murano Glass museum. He then went on to work for Ferro Toso, Cristalleria Murano, Zecchin-Martinuzzi, Seguso Vetri d'Arte and Vetri Artistici Muranesi Societa Anonima. In 1946 he became a partner at Cenedese, and then began Barbini Glassworks in 1950. Barbini has become renowned for his heavy, thick sculptural forms which have won him many awards. In 1952 Alfredo's daughter Oceania Barbini-Moretti joined the glassworks and is now the company's sales manager. His son Flavio became a designer for the firm in 1968.