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Ercole Barovier Mirror-Engraved Murano Glass Italian Serving Tray, 1940s



Midcentury mirror-engraved Murano glass serving tray. This wonderful piece was produced in Italy during 1940s by the master Murano glass-maker of Ercole Barovier. This wonderful item is a peculiar Venetian vintage tray with a mirror base and gilded brass handles. The mirror has romantic Venetian characters and a picturesque countryside landscape. Entrepreneur and designer Ercole Barovier was the son of Benvenuto Barovier. At age 30 he became a partner in his father's company, the Vetreria Artistica Barovier & C. After becoming its artistic director in 1926, he took over its management with his brother Nicol˜. He became sole proprietor in 1936, engineering the fusion between his own glass workshop and the S.A.I.A.R. Ferro-Toso. In 1942, the new company was renamed Barovier & Toso. Ercole maintained the artistic direction of the new company until 1972. Over the course of his 50-year activity, he invented numerous decorative techniques which contributed significantly to the renovation of art glass. Already in the 1920s, he obtained great success, first with the murrine vessels, then with totally original creations such as the primavera glass collection (1929-30). From the beginning of the Thirties, he dedicated himself entirely to experimenting with new multicolored effects, in particular, he perfected the colorazione a caldo senza fusione technique which he first used in 1935-1936 to create the series Crepuscolo, Autunno Gemmato, Marina Gemmata and Laguna Gemmata. Before World War II he preferred soft shapes and rather thick materials, whereas in the post-war period his interest turned specifically to the field of traditional techniques, which he continued to re-interpret through his very last creations with the series a tessere in 1972. In the 1950s, his work distinguished itself both for the vivid quality of its colors as well as for the singularity of the materials which were noted for the roughness of their surfaces like the Barbarici which sometimes were modelled in primitive forms like the Eugenei and Aborigeni. During the 1960s and 1960s, he gave new interpretations of his a tessere glass with the Dorici, Caccia, Rotellati and other series which were characterized by unusual color combinations.


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