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Venetian Glass Ware – Luxury and Chic Symbols

Sunday, 06 February 2011

Venetian Glass WareVenice is all known for its gondolas, carnivals, pigeons from St.Marco Square and amazing hand-made glass ware. Tableware made from Venetian glass has always been favored by the real lovers of antique art since it adds more refined chic and lavishness to every event. One of classics stated once that «glass and happiness are easy to break». Yet, the Venetian tableware is the symbol of that fragile happiness that is treated with gentle care and trembling love not to break it.

The Venetian glass was highly appreciated in Medieval Europe. Cups and bowls marked with the stamp of the reputed glassblowers were valued too high to present to monarchic persons. Louis XV, the French King, ranked the Venetian glassware as the «paramount decoration for the royal table servicing ». No solemn and luxury functions did without those glass jewelry for the high class. Delicate decanters, vases and goblets are depicted by the legendary painters as Titian, Tintoretto, Carpaccio, Giorgione and Veronese.

The words «Venetian glass» are associated with the quality, style and absolute taste throughout six centuries. The second name for this glass was given by the islets Murano which is washed by the waters of the Venetian lagoon from all sides. Murano glass excites the fancy of millions of tourists who save their assets to visit the city of channels and palaces and it is the item to be longed to possess by many collectors.

The story of craft

The privileged tableware is referred to luster and fame of Venice. The traditions of the Venetian glass craftwork are believed to origin at abbeys of the Benedictines Order in the VI century. The monks managed to smelt glassy items to keep their favorite liqueurs in the special technique borrowing the secrets possessed by the Byzantine glass-makers. Venice governors announced of their privilege and monopolistic right to produce glass and glassware far later, in the XII century when they forced all the highly qualified craftsmen exile to Murano islet. The technology of blow piping was then considered as the governmental secret and masters worked under the fare of being executed if they escape from the islet.

Approximately since the fifteenth century the basic Murano shapes for tableware was done that became the standard for all coming generation of glass makers. Containers for beverages were made shaped as late Gothic style cups or funnel-shaped glasses on the foot. The dishes were also made on the stem, either, which were the decorative element and also the legs provided more reliability and stability to the ware. Jugs were made egg-styled with short necks and gracefully bent hands.

In the XXI century the Venetian glass-makers did not use bellows to pump the air while making glassware but they blew out their items from metal tubes. Tiny beads frozen in glassy mass still keep the human breathing and this is what adds the special chic to Murano items.

Glass manufacturers of today

The segment of exclusive Venetian glassware cannot boast with a range of manufacturers who could compete to dominate in the market of glassware. Mainly, it is workshops and plants located in Murano. The Venetian craftsmen find it appropriate to certify their items and number their works and thus, they warn the potential customers of potential fake works.

The legendary manufacturer Gambaro & Poggi provides approximately a thousand and a half items including cups, plates and vases. Apart from tableware, the company manufacturers candleholders, animal figurines and small souvenirs. The color gamut of items is totaled as over nine hundred shades.

Decorative plates, dishes, vases and cups by the SegusoViro Company are decorated with the inter glass gilding and colorful insertions. The particles of invisible to open eye delicate foil get frozen in the glass as the golden glaze. The designer Jean-Paolo Seguzo, the person known to continue the ancient tradition of Murano glass-blowers, is able to masterly blend the gilded glass with the cobalt glass, the translucent is well matched with the mosaic, providing more fresh ideas to win.

The Biancalani Company is worth mentioning as the manufacturer of glassware and throughout sixty years the company makes tall wineglasses, decanters, mugs, dishes and trays from glass incrusted with the pure gold.

The reputed company FORMIA is not specialized on manufacturing the tableware as such. It rather favors for figurines and other interior decorative elements. Though vases by FORMIA are well-known and they are offered at almost all gift stores. The works by FORMIA are not expensive and this brand is rather democratic in Italy though in other countries the prices are much higher for the glass works of this company.

Today internet stores offer a wide range of Venetian glass ware. Yet, the prices are not affordable for ordinary people with the gift set of two cups for the price of 4.500 US dollars while the decorative dishes for fruits made in limited edition go for 2.500 US dollars. And this is not the highest pricing policy.

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verena  - Mrs   |2012-08-13 21:15:46
I have piece of venetian glass shaped as a walrus how much is it worth excellent condition
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