'Rugiadoso' Hanging Lantern by Barovier & TosoBy Barovier & Toso, read more.
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With its original conical ceiling rose from which hang the segmental 'Turks Hat' globe with a smaller coupe shape to the base.
Murano, circa 1940's - 1950's
Ercole Barovier (1889 – 1974) created and patented the technique of Rugiada (or Rugiadoso) in 1938; blown glass is applied with minute fragments of glass during the hot-working of the material, giving a brilliance to the refraction of artificial light.
Whilst we have no design name for the offered lantern, it is easy to speculate at a number of influences of it's conception. Be it the centuries old trade between the Venetians and the turban wearing Ottoman Empire or one need only look across from the island of Murano, back past the Church of San Michele, to the domes on the island itself. The segmented leaded domes of St. Mark’s Basilica could happily have served as the pattern for these lanterns and once their lights are switched on, the same warm glow of the Basilica’s mosaics is achieved; albeit if only as a lowly imitator.
H 58.5cm x Dia. 58.5cm
H 23" x Dia. 23"
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