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Murano glass masterworks
he exhibition devoted to Murano by the in bolder, larger sizes, and above all with splendid, deliMusée Maillol sheds new light
on an ancient cate, vibrant colours. Murano became successful again art which has been too readily seen as immediately. All the glassworks – both the older and somewhat old-fashioned – and a little kitsch more recently created ones – adopted the new style, and as well. This is the fault of the island itself, took part in the great decorative arts exhibitions long synonymous with mass-produced items for tourists, between the wars, notably the 1925 exhibition in Paris. which overrun the shop When they returned, Cappellin windows and do untold harm and Venini went their separate to the perception of a fine, six ways. They each founded their hundred year-old tradition. It is own company, employing Vittorio Zecchin designed the "Dragonfly" high time to remember that skilful technicians and glassmabowl, which, together with the "Veronese" Murano stands first and forekers, like Carlo Scarpa, Napovase, is one of the best-known models in the most for graceful glass objects leon Martinuzzi and Francesco history of 20th century Murano glassmaking. successfully produced with Zecchin, in readiness for a new talent and skill since the 16th chapter in Murano's history. century, and as a sector open to designers who have Light, transparent and extraordinarily thin glass was not proudly moved into contemporary times. When the abandoned, but many other types joined the repertory. Republic fell at the end of the 18th century, glassworks Martinuzzi designed imposing bowls and vases, and closed down one after another. The ones that were left created heat-modelled sculptures of animals, fruits and maintained a conservative approach right up to the First succulent plants in opaque or "pulegoso" (bubble) glass. World War. But the embers were still hot, and it only Carlo Scarpa, who joined the Venini Company in 1932, needed a creative breath of air to revive them. This came focused on refined opaque blown glass with delicate with the arrival of a stylistic revolution that swept colours. Ercole Barovier, who initially continued to through all decorative arts in Italy. In a final break with the produce polychrome vases with transparent "murrine" decorative superimpositions of the 19th century, glass(tesserae), gradually changed over to blown glass with a makers asserted a modern style based on elongated, milky, crackled look, embellished with black, branched streamlined forms. In 1921, Paolo Venini and Giacomo handles. Works from this period are now highly soughtCappellin founded Cappellin Venini & Co, becoming the spearheads of this rebirth. They chose Vittorio Zecchin as their artistic director, and he decided to seek inspiration in the golden age of Venetian glass: the 16th century – while reinventing it, naturally! Their first creations were "Murano: masterpieces in glass from the Renaissance to the 21st characterised by a light simplicity inherited from the century", Rosa Barovier Mentasti and Cristina Tonini, co-published by Gallimard/Musée Maillol, Paris, 2013. models of the past, like the famous "Veronese" vase, but

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€9,915 Dino Martens for Vetreria Aureliano Toso Murano, "Oriente" vase in polychrome glass with marbling, intercalary colouring and aventurine powders, c.
1952, h. 28 cm. Paris, Drouot, 31 October 2012. Camard & Associés auction house.

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