Murano glass?

26 Jun

Here is a piece from the famous firm of Seguso, based on the island of Murano in the lagoon of Venice since 1397.

More at http://www.seguso.com/

from the Ca d'Or line of Seguso glass

from the Ca d’Or line of Seguso glass

I bought it at the shop within the Instituto Cultural Tomie Ohtake in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Brazilians have admired good glass for many years. The antique markets have plenty of examples, from Lalique and from Murano makers.

This piece is from the product line named Cá d’Oro, after a palazzo in Venice which was once covered in gold leaf. There were a number of examples of the line in various colours in the shop – black, white, red, a bright blue. I found this the most successful.

The piece works by reflecting the colour in the base internally within its thickness, so that it shines through the rounded lip as well as the coin spot of vivid colour in the base. A little treasure in a well-stocked shop.

Colour reflected and transmitted

Colour reflected and transmitted

P.S.  As to the mystery of why a piece of Murano glass can be so cheap – R$80, about US$35, or GB£20 at today’s rates – it is because it’s Brazilian Seguso.

http://www.cristaiscadoro.com.br/website/index.php

“Mario Seguso (and sons) was of the well known Seguso family of Murano but was working in Brazil … he took up residence in Brazil from 1954 … items made by Mario Seguso in Brazil are signed Seguso Brazil”, though this particular example is not signed like that.

More at http://www.glassmessages.com/index.php/topic,33418.5/wap2.html

and at http://www.novica.com/itemdetail/index.cfm?pid=126466

 

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