Friday, January 12, 2007

Red Vase, Venetian Glass with Dolphins. Salviati or Venini?

This is a gorgeous vase we placed a few years ago. "Red Vase" is an understatement, as this wonderful piece IS a statement all by itself. It speaks drama, in that its size is impressive at 11 inches tall, and 6 inches at the widest diameter. It speaks sophistication, in that its shape is smooth, classic, and definitely holds the eye. It speaks color in a most attractive, vivid blood-red, calling attention to itself that one cannot deny.

The attached dolphin pair adorns the sides, and appears as "handles" on either side, just under the graceful, 5-inch flared, open mouth. Each sentinel creature was created of clear crystal glass, richly included with real gold. It has the tell-tale sharp, snapped pontil from the blower's gather, and the folded edge encircling the foot. The texture which appears in the photo, is from shadow-ribbing within the interior, causing the entire piece to emit wonderful optical sensations. As with all 19th Century and early 20th Century Italian glass, this vase is not signed. The "feel" of the piece is Salviati, with a circa date of 1890-1900. We should point out there are quite similar pieces which were believed to have been created by Venini in the early 20th Century, in the 1930s. Was Venini imitating Salviati? Or is it possible this actually was a 1930s Venini vase? We can only suggest the possibilities, and leave any definite answer until a later time. Whether it was by Salviati or Venini, it is an exquisite Venetian Glass creation! [click on photos to enlarge]

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