This vivid and vibrant work of Modern Venetian glass design is a stunning composition of expert art glass working techniques.
The core of this piece is a crackled fusion of turquoise, royal blue and russet. The next layer of glass bears a net-like pattern of controlled bubbles created by the Bullicante technique. The final layer is a clear glass casing in the well-known Sommerso technique. Sommerso is one of the most commonly known Murano techniques that is characterised by an outer layer of colourless glass, the effect is as if a big drop of colour had been captured inside the clear glass.
The work is accented with a black glass trim that outlines the beaker rim of the vase as well the rich yellow glass that is the interior of the vase. The piece is finished with candy cane strips in blue, white,green and orange which are on either side of the vase.
A BIT OF HISTORY
The Sommerso [Literal translation 'submerged'] technique was brought to fame by Archimede Seguso prior to his exploration into the Bullicante technique. The technique is used to create layers of glass - often several layers and usually with different contrasting colours - inside a single object, giving the illusion of “immersed” colours without mixing. The different layers of glass is put through heat, repeatedly immersing them in pots of molten coloured glass before being encased in an outer later of colourless glass.
The Bullicante [Literal translation 'boiling'] technique has long been part of Venetian glass making history and was made famous in the 20th century by Archimede Seguso around the 1930s. Seguso experimented with up to six layers of trapped air bubbles or 'bollicine', which is said to have reminded him of bubbles in boiling water and hence the name 'Bullicante'. Ever the innovator, Seguso would not be content with just mastering the Bullicante technique and would go on to decorate the inside layers with gold leaf and other colours.
The Bullicante effect is achieved by placing a piece of molten glass inside a metallic mold with spikes. The spikes create holes in the surface that is then allowed to cool for a few moments before the whole piece is then submerged in molten glass to create a second layer. The thick consistency of glass prevents the holes previously impressed on the first layer from being covered and traps the air between both layers of glass to create the bubbles.
Excellent. No chips, cracks or scratches. There is mild use wear on the underside of the vase's base that is commensurable with the age of the piece.
c. 11" / 28 cm tall (from base to rim) x 5.3" / 13.5 cm in diameter (across body's widest point). Base diameter is c. 2" / 5 cm.
Unpackaged weight: 1.8 kg / 1,805 g
Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.