VTG Blue & Green Sommerso Millefiori Murano Art Glass
Bowl Ashtray Italy
Presented for your consideration we are pleased to offer
this stunning, handmade, rounded square shaped, heavy Italian sommerso millefiori
Murano art glass bowl / ashtray. (see below for explanation of terms)
Beautifully blown in a square shape with soft rounded corners,
and a flat base, colored in clear, green, and blue
Measures 5 3/4" (15cm) Square x 2 1/2" (6.5cm)
Quite thick and heavy, weighing 2 lb 8oz
In very good vintage condition, with a few minor nicks on
underside (photo 11), and 2 tiny pin-sized black dots in concave part of bowl (photo 12)
Please look at all photos as they are an integral part of
This is a wonderful addition to any room or decor, perfect
for use as a cigar ashtray, and we are happy to offer it to market for your
Murano glass is a famous product of the Venetian island of
Murano. Located off the shore of Venice, Italy, Murano has been a commercial
port as far back as the 7th century. By the 10th century, the city had become
well-known for its glassmakers, who created unique Murano glass. While Murano
glassmakers have settled and operate elsewhere, some say authentic Murano glass
is fabricated only in Murano.
Sommerso (lit. "submerged" in Italian), or "sunken
glasses", is a form of artistic Murano glass that has layers of
contrasting colors (typically two), which are formed by dipping the object in
molten glass; the outermost layer, or casing, is often clear. Sommerso was
first developed in Murano during the late thirties and was made popular by
Seguso d'Arte in the fifties. This process is a popular technique for vases,
and is sometimes used for sculptures.
It is believed that glassmaking in Murano originated in 9th
century Rome, with significant Asian and Muslim influences, as Venice was a
major trading port. Murano’s reputation as a center for glassmaking was born
when the Venetian Republic, fearing fire and destruction of the city’s mostly
wooden buildings, ordered glassmakers to move their foundries to Murano in
1291. Murano glass is still interwoven with Venetian glass.
Murano's glassmakers were soon the island’s most prominent
citizens. By the 14th century, glassmakers were allowed to wear swords, enjoyed
immunity from prosecution by the Venetian state, and found their daughters
married into Venice’s most affluent families. However glassmakers were not
allowed to leave the Republic. Many craftsmen took this risk and set up glass
furnaces in surrounding cities and as far afield as England and the
By the end of the 16th century, three thousand of Murano
island's seven thousand inhabitants were involved in some way in the
Murano’s glassmakers held a monopoly on quality glassmaking
for centuries, developing or refining many technologies including crystalline
glass enamelled glass (smalto), glass with threads of gold (aventurine),
multicoloured glass (millefiori), milk glass (lattimo), and imitation gemstones
made of glass. Today, the artisans of Murano are still employing these
century-old techniques, crafting everything from contemporary art glass and
glass figurines to Murano glass chandeliers and wine stoppers.
Today, Murano is home to a vast number of factories and a
few individual artist's studios making all manner of glass objects from mass
marketed stemware to original sculpture. The Museo Vetrario (Glass Museum) in
the Palazzo Giustinian, which holds displays on the history of glassmaking as
well as glass samples ranging from Egyptian times through the present day.
Murano Glass was produced in great quantities in the 1950s
and 1960s for export and for tourists.
Special tools are essential for Murano artisans to make
their glass. Some of these tools include borselle(tongs or pliers used
to hand-form the red-hot glass), canna da soffio(blowing pipe), pontello
(an iron rod to which the craftsman attaches the object after blowing in order
to add final touches), scagno(the glass-master's workbench) and tagianti
(large glass-cutting clippers).
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