Collectors: Pre 1970s Italian Murano Opaline and Brass Ormulu 6 Pc set, att. to F. Toso - Labelled
THE ITEM Perhaps I'm biased but I do feel the fire in the opalescent glass is simply incredible and as can be seen in the photos, rays and flickers of sunshine will set the light refractions dancing within the glass.
The glass is also early Opaline glass, a technique which incorporated bone ash into the crafting process. You can tell this from when the sunlight strikes the glass, it shows off its fiery orange and red hues.
The six pieces featured here are a 'tobacciana' or a smoke set, typical to the popularity of the time to make a fashion statement through decorative personal or home decor accessories.
Today, its much more likely to be a well loved jewel in the crown of a well-cared for collection.
The set consists of: 3 Small segment ridged dishes (they remind me of the shape of a small pumpkin) 1 Large wide low dish 2 Lighters (1 gas, 1 lighter fluid)
The filigree decor style of the brass ormulu is in the High Style Design of the Eames Era with evident Art Nouveau influences. It is also similar to that of the French Bulle Savon glass (Bulle Savon literally translates to 'soap bubble' to imitate the sheen of iridescence of a soap bubble.), popular in the early 20th century.
There is no sign of use on any of the pieces; there is natural patina from antiquity on the brass, which could be polished up or kept for its charm if preferred and there is wear in line with age on the base of the larger glass dish.
All pieces except for the large dish have original labels; Of the three small dishes; 2 have yellow Murano labels and 1 has red. Of the lighters; both have red Murano labels,
MEASUREMENTS Small segment dish: c. 1.5" / 4 cm in height x c. 2.6" / 6 cm in diameter Large wide low dish: c. 2" / 5 cm in height x c. 4.8" / 12 cm in diameter Lighters: c. 3.5" / 9 cm in height x c. 2.6" / 6 cm in diameter
Unpackaged weight (full set) c. 1.1 kg / 1,073 g
NOTES Set will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured. Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY Fratelli Toso was founded in 1854 by Pietro Toso and his six enterprising sons; Ferdinando, Carlo, Liberato, Angelo, Giovanni and Gregorio. The name 'Fratelli Toso' literally translates to 'Brothers Toso'. Initially, glass production was mostly aimed at functional objects such as bottles and flasks for pharmaceutical and domestic use. But with the help of Vincenzo Zanetti (another great glass artist!) and with endless hours of work and practice, Pietro’s sons developed their skills and perfected their technique for hand made glass.
In the years to follow, the company withstood many trials and tribulations, from wars to harsh economic crises, the company would go on to survive to this day as the well known Antica Vetreria Fratelli Toso, carrying its 150 years of glassmaking expertise.