Leslie Pina attributed this sublime set of early 20th century 'incamiciato' vases to Barovier Toso ("Italian Glass: 20th Century"), but I've also seen this design attributed to Salviati. It turns out that both attributions are likely correct! An article in the Journal of Antiques (http://www.journalofantiques.com/featureapr01.htm) shows what clearly seems to be an early incarnation of this design marketed by Salviati but designed and blown by the Artisti Barovier. Later, in late 1919, after the liquidation of Artisti Barovier, the Baroviers teamed with other master glassblowers to form Veteria Artistica Barovier & Co. Salviati & Co., EXCLUSIVELY A RETAIL OPERATION then, was one of their most important clients. Moreover, when Saliviati restarted glass production in 1931, Napoleone Barovier signed on as their master glass blower. (The Great Depression created great economic hardship in the Venetian glass industry and with Veteria Artistica Barovier & Co. down to one furnace, the partners sought to supplement their income elsewhere as well.)
In short, these magnificent works of art were probably produced by Barovier between 1919 and 1931 and marketed and sold under the Salviati name.
Look closely at the craftsmanship of these extraordinary pieces. The "incamiciato" technique adds the thinnest layer of translulent glass over a fine lattimo (milk glass) base to create a light almost luminescent effect. The vases' base and folded rims give a better sense of their exquisitely delicate construction.
DIMENSIONS: 13" tall, 4.5" widest diameter
CONDITION: Minty (a few light scratches perhaps but extraordinary condition for Murano glass nearly a century old)
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