This striking and vivid work of handblown Murano art glass is by Luigi Onesto for his art glass studio Vetreria Artistica Oball. This piece brings with it a beautiful demonstration of the Sommerso technique. The Sommerso technique was developed by Venetian glass artist Antonio Da Ross of Murano in the late 1930s, after successfully suspending contrasting but separate colours of glass. Recognition of Da Ross's work became well known and around the same time Paolo Venini perfected this technique, but it was Seguso d’Arte who made it world famous during the 1950s.
This particular piece brings together three beautifully translucent layers in bold shades of Stained Glass Cobalt blue and Sea green that is finished in a smooth, rounded clear casing. Highly tactile, the silky, organically rounded form of this piece invites touch and the timeless style is suitable for standalone display or functional use as a Ikebana vase.
Excellent. There is very light use wear, most prominently on the underside of the base that is commensurable with the age of the piece. Please refer to photos as they form part of the condition report. The piece is additionally signed on the base 'L. Onesto, Murano'
Height: c. 7.3" / 18.5 cm (base to rim) x c. 5.1" / 13 cm width (across widest point). Base: c. 3" / 7.5 cm x c. 1.8" / 4.5 cm. Unpackaged weight: c. 2.2 kg / 2,210 g.
Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
Vetreria Artistica Oball (1978 - present)
Vetreria Artistica Oball (Oball Glassworks) was founded by Luigi Onesto in 1978. Onesto was born in Murano to a family of glassmakers and from a young age, he was in the art of glass. Developing his craft as a teenager, he honed his skills during his apprenticeship at Gambaro & Poggi, one of the oldest and leading glass making companies in Italy at the time. By the late 1970s, Onesto was confident enough to strike out on his own to found Vetreria Artistica Oball. He was later joined by his sons Fabio and Michele and together, they have run Oball glassworks for over 30 years specialising in the art glass technique Sommerso.