Wonderful 1950s Murano glass pendant by Barovier and Toso, three mint green arms which hold little glass shades.
95cm chain length at longest length
53cm light drop
Slight signs of wear but no chips to the glass. A beauty.
The Barovier family from Murano, Italy, have been world leaders in glass production since the Middle Ages.
Through their history they have invented many glass forms and techniques such as mother-of-pearl glass. In the 18th Century Barovier designs became increasing innovative leading to collaborations with great designers such as Gio Ponti. It is no surprise that works by cofounder Ercole Barovier (1889–1974) can be seen in many museums worldwide.
Ercole Barovier began his movement towards modernism in the 1930s with his Primavera series of vases and animal sculptures; idiosyncratic milky-white & clear glass filled with tiny bubbles & hairline interior fissures. These were produced for Artisti Barovier, a firm headed by his father & uncle.
In 1939 the company merged with the Toso family to become “Barovier&Toso”.
Under the nearly 50-year artistic directorship of Ercole Barovier, the company created buoyant traditional pieces such as chandeliers & sconces. It pioneered an array of innovative modernist designs with bold colours, patterns & surfaces.
To appeal to gentler, more conservative tastes, Barovier Toso produced a range of lilting, sinuous lighting pieces that are often described as embodying. The hallmarks of the style in Barovier & Toso works are elements of glass in the shape of thick leaves, fronds and flower petals, deployed along with other naturalistic ornament in sconces, pendants and chandeliers.
In 1991, the Barovier family appeared in the Guinness Book of Records, as the world`s longest-established family of glass-workers and has been ranked the 5th oldest Family Business in the world.