This new addition to our collection is such an absolutely mindblowing feat of Italian glass BRILLIANCE that we had to show it off--particularly given how impressive it would be for the autumn table. Firstly, in the tradition of oversized Luigi Onesto production (nearly 19 inches long, 14 inches wide, and over 3 inches tall, weighing approximately 10 pounds), our glass leaf platter/centerpiece is ENORMOUS. (The scale is best visualized in the photo of this piece on our dining room table.) Secondly, this beauty sports an incredible and most unusual optical illusion. Placed on a white surface, this platter/centerpiece appears to be clear shimmering crystal, with only the most subtle gold overtones. But placed against a black background, or on a dark wood surface, the gold aventurine EXPLODES, creating a blazing metalic hue.
Signed by Luigi Onesto, but undated, we suspect that this plattter/centerpiece hails from Oball's glass's earliest production (Onesto founded Oball in 1978). Most of the pieces in the current Oball catalogue have been produced for many years--this is not among them. Nor, as avid Luigi Onesto collectors (stay tuned for our other listings to come), have we ever encountered this piece before. It is undubitably rare, perhaps from a limited production run.
Dimensions: 18.75" long x 14" wide x 3.25" tall
Condition: Perfect, with light age-related base wear
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