HUGE C.1950s SALVIATI Barbini Murano Sfumato Alexandrite Glass Love Birds | Duck Sculptures | Figurines

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You're looking at an absolutely breathtaking pair of large mid-century Salviati ducks done in a cranberry glass/alexandrite sfumato explosion of light (and delight). While both pieces sport the same Salviati label on the base, the smaller one's label has been placed on top of another label that is highly remniscent of Alfredo Barbini's scalloped 'Made in Murano Italy' labels. One of the oldest Murano firms, Salviati weathered the epic booms and busts in the Murano glass business by thriving primarily in their early years as a retail and wholesale distribution outlet and subbing out production to firms like Barovier, Fratelli Toso, and, in the mid-century period, Barbini, for whom the company provided start-up capital and became a key customer. Given their similarity to Barbini's VAMSA ducks and later ducks with the Barbini/Weil Ceramics label, it could well be that these beauties were possibly designed and executed by Alfredo Barbini in the early 1950s.

Interestingly, the smaller bird's feet have three toes while the larger has four with somewhat different shapes, suggesting they may have been produced at separate times and then brought together. (From the looks of it, this EXACT pair is featured on the Salviati page of the Murano Zoo.*)

Regardless of who created these magnificent creatures, you'll be hard pressed to sleep until you've made them your own.

DIMENSIONS: 9.5" tall x 7" long x 4" wide; 9" tall x ~6" long x 3.5" wide
CONDITION: Perfect (larger bird); Smaller bird excellent except for what looks to be some minor toenail clipping and a small internal fracture on the base

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The glass ducks were wrapped with meticulous care, and arrived safely! They are more beautiful in person, than they are in photographs. Would DEFINITELY deal with Glasspheme again!

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