Presenting a majestic Mid Century Modernist influenced, Murano Bullicante sculpted art glass vase.
The Bullicante technique - the technique of capturing the cascade of bubbles within the glass - is gloriously presented here.
Picture the moments of .... perhaps a deep see diver, plunging into the turquoise-teal depths of the ocean, and then imagine the underwater view ,in seeing the energetic rush of bubbles racing towards the surface ... This is the best way I can describe the Bullicante decor in the glass.
The bubbles are not all perfectly circular and become are elongated as the bubbles progress down the body of the vase, travelling together along the same path and and gather together at the rim as well as towards the base. It is this moment of motion which is suspended in glass and as you might expect, when sunlight shines through the glass, a beautiful series of light refractions are created.
The colour palette begins with the deep turquoise teal at the rim, which diffuses with a undercurrent of amber core around the 'shoulders' of the vase, giving warm, translucent glow. The body of the vase is further adorned by 6 trailing rivulets of clear glass, 3 on each side, which gently wind round the body from the base.
Viewed in its entirety, you could imagine this piece of art glass as a Modernist representation of a creature of the depths, a leviathan, rocketing up, with streams of ocean clinging to it's sides. This fantastical piece would suit a room with Modernist, Retro or even Industrial / Steampunk inspired decor.
Excellent. No chips or cracks. There is age-wear or 'wear that is commensurable with age of the piece' in a few minute fleabites and movement scratches on the base, which are not visible when the vase is upright and have been mentioned for completeness. Please see photos as part of condition report.
c. 13" / 33 cm tall x 8.7" / 22 cm wide across body's widest points (base diameter c. 3.9" / 10 cm)
Unpackaged weight c. 4.1 kg / 4,103 g
Vase will be securely packaged and shipping will be insured.
Shipping will be combined for multiple items.
A BIT OF HISTORY
The invention of this technique is attributed to one of the most infamous of Murano masters, Archimede Seguso, named the “Bullicante” effect, it is amongst the most well known Murano glass making techniques. This peculiar effect is obtained by placing a piece of molten glass inside a metallic mold with spikes, very much resembling a pineapple’s texture. These spikes cause small holes on the surface creating a pattern all around the glass piece. After it’s been left to cool down for a few moments, the whole piece is submerged in molten glass again.
This second layer completely covers the first one. However, thanks to the thick consistency of glass, the holes previously impressed on the first layer are not covered, thus causing air to be trapped between both layers of glass. This process can be repeated several times, creating a pattern as complicated as the glass master wishes. This technique gives not only a sense of depth to the whole object, but also an incomparable decorative effect, famous for its originality.
Glass made by the Seguso furnace can be found in over 75 museums worldwide, such as MOMA in New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Today, Seguso is known for its high end Venetian glass objects with glass being made for the Pope, Royalty and numerous luxury interiors throughout the world.