Stunning vintage chandelier from the 1930s in Murano glass and brass settings, by Barovier.
Several handmade delicate parts compose this amazing piece, ribbed hand opened clear etched glass canopy and bowls, fluted vertical tube to decorate the stem, torciglione glass bursting out of the upper bowl to imitate the water flowing out of the fountain and sixteen leaves, also imitating the water movement.
Barovier & Toso
The name Barovier & Toso refers to one of the oldest Italian houses specialized in Murano glass objects.
The house was founded in 1295 and still producing Murano glass objects to this day.
The surname may not sound Italian. And for good reason, it comes from Berry, like those men-at-arms thanked by land for having well defended the lord of Castelfranco Veneto, a locality near Venice.
The Baroviers embarked on the exploitation of glass and settled in the 14th century on the island of Murano, where the doges confined the ovens to protect the neighbor city of Venice, whose dwellings were at the time built of wood.
During the Renaissance, Angelo Barovier assumed important responsibilities within the community of Murano and built a good part of the development of the local glass activity, in addition to the introduction of so-called "crystalline" glass and the “murrine” technique developed by his daughter, Marietta.
At the end of the 19th century, the house became known as “Fratelli Barovier”, during this new era, the two brothers, Benvenuto and Giuseppe Barovier introduced the fabrication of the “murrini fusi” glass.
The house became “Barovier & Toso” when in 1942 it merged with the Toso family of glass-makers who were specialized in crystalline glass and mother of pearl glass. During the 1940’s and 50’s they won numerous awards for the innovations of their murrine technique.
The company is still considered one of the top glass Murano makers for its craftmanship and its heritage.
Fountain Style Murano Glass Chandelier by Barovier
Height: 59.06 in (150 cm)
Diameter: 31.5 in (80 cm)