With undeniable know-how, Murano glass is a reference for the purchase of your decorative objects.
Murano Glass is renowned throughout the world and makes the reputation of the glass factories of the Republic of Venice. Buying a product manufactured by the famous glass masters installed since the 13th century on the island of Murano is not only to acquire a product of exceptional quality but also to offer a work of art.
The history of Murano Glass – the island of pendants
In the Republic of Venice, originally, houses, shops, workshops, were built in wood. The kilns of the Glass Blower, during their departures (ignition) issued sparks that propagated on these buildings initiating many devastating fires. The Venetians worried about the risks of their homes, forced the glass artisans to set up their kilns on the island of Murano, which became the place of choice for the transformation of glasses. It was in 1271 that we began to talk about the products blown by the Glass masters as "works of Art", the Giustzia Vecchia having subjected the transformation of the drink to the Mariegola (Regulation), the status of Rights and duties relating to the management of the arts and Trades present in the city.
What is the technique used to make Murano glass?
Murano Glass manufacturers maintain their monopoly on the manufacture of quality glass, develop and refine many techniques, such as crystals, enamel, gold wire trimmings, multi-coloured glasses (millefiori), glass milk (Lattimo) , the Aventurine (copper dust) for imitation of glass gemstones, crystalline glass or Venetian glass (created by Angelo Dorovier), glass decorated with spiral or retort glass nets or watermarks with so-called Reticello fishnet, perpetuating Secular techniques and is highly sought after by many collectors and lovers of Murano glass products.
Glass suspensions, works of art, jewellery creation, mirrors: The Murano glass is produced in all its forms.
The chandeliers of Giovani Nicola, the pearls of Muriel balusteri, the vases and sculptures of Antonio Seguso, of CesarToffolo (designer of the Vetro Magazine) and one of the greatest master-Glassmen with the most original design, Claudio Boaretto, Davide Salvadore, Alfredo Barberin, are always present on the Le and their productions are always very sought after. Buying a service of Murano wine glasses, for example, is the pledge of an elegant table. Buy a sculpture, paper-Press in enamels, a glass-paste lamp, a chandelier, with classic or antique design, a glass bead jewellery with shiny colours, signed by one of these artisans is the sign of a refined taste.
Murano has its Glass museum installed in Palazzo Giustiniani where exhibitions on the history of glassware are offered from the Egyptian era to the present day. In the middle of the fifteenth century, artist and scientist Angelo was able to obtain a new type of extremely pure glass, similar to the crystal that he would call himself: Crystalline glass (Venetian crystal). In the eighteenth century, Murano produced many drinking glasses, jugs, floor trays, glass mirror frames of all shapes and colours.
Abbé Vincenzo ZANETTI founded the Murano Museum of Glass Art in 1861. It is by visiting this museum that master-glass artists such as TOSO, FUGA and Dorovier will find inspiration. The sector is experiencing a new growth thanks to the reproduction of the most beautiful blown glasses produced in the previous centuries. Murineromaines, enamels at Feuet gold leaf decorations Graffita.
EGIDIO founded the Forge of the Angels (thus baptized by Jean Cocteau) in 1950, giving a new impetus to the glass sector, which then passed from the artisanal stage to the work of art. Murano then saw the arrival of contemporary artists such as PICASSO, BRAQUE, CHAGALL, le CORBUSIER, KOKOSCHKA and many others. They will work with great glass masters such as Aldo "POLO", Archimedes SEGUSO, Aldo Nason, Angelo TOSI.
Some great old glass masters
Domenicus PHOLARIUS (10th century) was the first bottle-blower.
The Bahadur dynasty is known at around 1440 with the arrival in Murano of Giorgio Bahadur with his father, his mother and his brother Stefano. Giorgi di Pietro, called ZORZl da SPALATINO dito Larin, is considered the true ancestor of the illustrious Bahadur family of Murano. Entered around 1456 at the service of the Glassman Domenico Caner who had opened an oven, he learned "The Art of Glass" like no other before him.
The 15th century Angelo. Probably born in Treviso. Renaissance Master of Glass. He worked mainly on crystal and vitreous glazes. He invented the transparent ruby-coloured glass highly sought after for the manufacture of jewellery. It owes a large part of the development of the local canopy activity. This family business is still active on the island of Murano
Domenico Caner circa 1430 – on the island of Murano the TOFFOLO dynasty
Giacomo TOFFOLO-Florino TOFFOLO Designer of the Vetro Magazine. He is one of the greatest glass-master of Murano, one of the most original artists, one of those who evolve the art of Venetian glassware. Its vases, glasses, jewellery, cups, blue cups, fruit bowls are exhibited at Galerie César Toffolo in Murano.
Some contemporary designers on the island of Murano
Silvano Signoretto – Vases – mirrors – chandeliers. "His works are the expression of beauty in Murano."
Massimiliano CALDARONE-Glass sculpture-Murano glass beads
FeiToso di TOSO RENZO – Glass burner
Alfred BARBINI – Lamps – vases – glass sculpture.