This piece is an ethereal and skilled work of Venetian handblown glass.
The form is called Fazzoletto which translates as 'folded hankerchief' and indeed, the rippling folds of this piece mimics a gathered square of shimmering golden organza fabric.
The golden particles of the Aventurine gently swirling freeform within the glass is a uncommon decor to Fazzoletto pieces and thus, makes this piece a rare find.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Venini is one of Italy’s oldest and most renowned glass masters of all times. Born in a small town near Milan in 1895, Paolo Venini studied to become a lawyer but would soon change course when he encountered Giacomo Cappellin. In 1921, the two Italian entrepreneurs opened their first glass factory in Murano, naming it Vetri Soffiati Muranesi Cappellin Venini & C.
The Venini glassworks would go on to gain fame with their works of extreme elegance and soared to great heights by the 1950s. During 1950s, Venini hired a famous designer that would quickly become the leader of Murano’s Golden Age: Fulvio Bianconi. Bianconi gained world recognition for pieces such as his fazzoletto (handkerchief) vase, his mermaid torsos and his patchwork pieces. Some of his well-known techniques include the scozzese (scottish), forato (perforated), and fasce (bands). There is no need to wonder why Bianconi’s glass works are amongst the most coveted and appreciated around the world.
Excellent- no signs of damage or use wear, please see photos as part of the condition report.
c. 2.4" / 6 cm tall (from base to rim) x 3.3" / 8.5 cm in diameter.
Glass will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
Avventurina (English: Aventurine) is a Murano glass-making technique developed in Murano in the 17th century. It was first mentioned in a document dating from 1614 as "a kind of stone with gilt stars inside" and had already mesmerised people with the unusual and attractive look. The technique owes its name to the discovery happening by chance and thanks to a lucky coincidence, when a glass artisan is said to have accidentally dropped some metal shavings into the glass mixture. Italians say it happened "all'avventura", which in Italian means "by chance".