Alfredo Barbini 1912 – 2007 Murano Islands
A glass artist who was one of Murano’s leading figures for the 20th Century.
With the financial assistance from the firm of Salviati & Co he formed in 1950 his own glass firm, Vetreria Alfredo Barbini.
His firm exhibited his work at the Vienna Biennales from 1950 to 1961.
This vase exhibits a classic of Barbini’s, Scavo technique, in which the outer layer was covered in a special corrosive chemical to dissolve part of the finish to give it an etched or corroded look. Metal powders were also used to give a corroded appearance once it encountered heat.
This mid- century 1960s abstract piece is signed ‘Barbini Murano’ which means it has been made by the Barbini workshop. The Scavo technique was inspired by the archaeological recovery of ancient Roman glass bottles and amphoras and their appearance having spent so long under the earth.
Height – 21cm
Width – 18.5cm
Depth – 20.5cm
All measurements are approximate
In good condition, no chips, cracks, or flea bites. Some light scratches to the frosted surface above the central band. There are creases below the glass neck where it has been held with tongs during the glass blowing process. All part of it’s history.
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