Dreamy C. 1950s Archimede SEGUSO MURANO Sea Green Gold Aventurine Biomorphic Glass Bowl | Ashtray | Dish


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From its inception in the 13th century, when the Dark Ages yielded to the Renaissance, Murano glass has been LUXURY glass--glass that graced cathedrals and the tables of kings. As such, the cream of Murano production--the larger impossibly exquisite designs and forms that represented the pinnacle of glass technology and design of its day, are sold for thousands--even tens of thousands--of dollars, and will always be out of reach to the mass market. However, the innovation and skill of the Murano Masters has always filtered down into the smaller simpler pieces that were made for the middle class (particularly as it boomed post-WWII in the US, the largest single market for Murano glass), so that SUBLIME but more affordable objects of exquisite beauty could be had by us commoner folk.

This simple cased incalmo glass bowl done in what Seguso termed as 'cartoccio avorio' (white lattimo glass made ivory by the submersion of thousands of tiny gold aventurine flakes) combined with an almost translucent sea or aqua green interior is a perfect example of this inheritance. Despite the gold-laced lattimo and green layers of glass that comprise this beauty (in addition to several layers of clear glass), it has a translucent alabastro quality to it.

While no label remains, and this is an uncommon enough design (the folded bowl form is common, of course) to attribute it to any one maker with certainty, the techniques used here are typical of Seguso and the few similar pieces I've come across in my research--ones with the same cartoccio avorio base and translucent green interior--have all been attributed to Seguso. So...probably Seguso, and most certainly divine.

Dimensions: 6.5" diameter, ~2.5" tall
Condition: Perfect, light wear on base

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