Murano glass is a famous product of the Venetian island of Murano. Located off the shore of Venice, Italy, Murano has been a commercial port since as far back as the 7th century. By the 10th century, the city had become well known for its glassmakers, who created unique Murano glass.
Murano Glass Beads
Murano Glass beads are made of glass which is about 70% silica (sand). Venetian murano glass beads are made from a type of glass known as soda glass with a COE of 90 degrees which is a measurement of the expansion in heating and cooling. The murano glass beads start with glass rods which were made in Murano. All of our murano glass beads are made from filigrana canes, millefiori canes, 24k gold leaves and silver leaves inside the glass in solid and translucent colors.
Murano Glass Chandeliers
In the 18th century Murano glassmakers started to introduce new products such as glass mirrors and chandeliers to their production. In history these glass chandeliers became popular after the iron, wood and brass era of chandeliers, and they were such a success that instantly brought chandeliers to a new dimension. The first Murano glass chandeliers to be produced by Venetian glassmakers date back around the year 1700. This new type of chandelier was called «ciocca», literally bouquet of flowers, for the characteristic decorations of glazed polychrome flowers. The most sumptuous of them consisted of a metal frame covered with small elements in blown glass, transparent or colored, with decorations of flowers, fruits and leaves, while simpler model had arms made with a unique piece of glass. Their shape was inspired by an original architectural concept: the space on the inside is left almost empty since decorations are spread all around the central support, distanced from it by the length of the arms. One of the common use of the huge Murano Glass Chandeliers was the interior lighting of theatres and rooms in important palaces.
Murano Glass Vases
When people talk about Italian art glass, they are usually referring to the glass vases, paperweights, goblets, and decorative objects produced in the city of Venice and the adjacent island of Murano.
Even though the middle of the 19th century was a time of much innovation for Venetian and Murano artisans, the periods of interest to most collectors of antique and vintage Italian art glass are the years between the two world wars and the post-war decades of the 1950s and 1960s. We are ready to offer you many Murano Glass Vases in our on-line store/ shop.
It is amazing to see a craftsman creating his own masterpiece and when you hold a handmade piece created with the wisdom of centuries of tradition, you can feel the history.
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