The expert skill of the renowned Fratelli Toso glassworks shines through this piece on many levels -creating this beautiful Murano vintage mid-century opalescent vase with six wings of clear glass. This vase has been documented in Leslie Pina's definitive book on Fratelli Toso and we can also date this piece to be crafted during the 1950s-60s from the mostly intact Murano paper label, used by Fratelli Toso during this time period.
The concentration of milky, opalescent white on the base flows up to diffuse into pink, creating a rich ombre blending at the waist of the vase before finishing as a translucent Thulian pink at the fishtail rim. The glass is speckled throughout with tiny inclusions, bubbles which were formed during the crafting process.
The form bears strong influences from the mid-century Modernist design movement, which was at its height when this vase was made. Modernist design preferred simplicity, geometric shapes and clarity of form, rejecting ornate and decorative motifs.
This elegant piece would suit a room with Modernist, Contemporary or Vintage themed decor.
Excellent. No chips or cracks, light wear (such as movement marks on the base) is commensurable with age of piece, please do see photos as part of condition report
Measures c. 10.2" / 26 cm tall x c. 4.7" / 12 cm across its widest point.
Unpackaged weight: c. 0.8 kg / 764 gm
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A BIT OF HISTORY
In 1854, the Toso brothers of Ferdinando, Carlo Nicolò, Liberato, Angelo, Giovanni, Gregorio started up the Fratelli Toso glass factory, basing it in the former Scuola Grande San Giovanni dei Battuti. During that period, the quality of glass production was quite low all over Murano, mostly made for domestic or pharmaceutical use. But thanks to the help and collaboration offered by Vincenzo Zanetti, the Toso brothers worked hard to recover techniques and know-how to reproduce precious masterpieces produced by hand prior the Fall of Serenissima.
In the following 10 years, the brothers worked tirelessly and in 1864 Fratelli Toso joined a collaboration with other skilled glassmasters to realise an amazing chandelier for the Murano Glass Museum's inauguration. The chandelier is still at the Glass Museum and from this, Fratelli Toso received their first gold medal thanks to this excellent masterpiece - this would be just the start of awards they would receive for glass artistry. Today, Fratelli Toso lives on in Antica Vetreria Fratelli Toso, a traditional Murano glass factory run by Toso family since 1854. The Antica Vetreria Fratelli Toso is run by Arnoldo Toso, a direct descendant from Toso brothers, a leading authority working with museums, collectors and auction houses worldwide.