Here is an exquisite 1950/60's Venetian freeform glass bowl/ashtray, made on the island of Murano
, near Venice, Italy. Similar to the "Bizantino"
series (more commonly known by collectors as "tutti-frutti"
) by the AVEM
factory, but with some differences (a pale creamy white interior casing, and generally "brighter" looking cane-work) that indicate another factory, most likely Galliano Ferro
. A bowl with similar features and a Galliano Ferro factory label was shared in a Murano Facebook group. Ref: [click here
]. Galliano Ferro was one of the founding members of AVEM, and when he left with his son Giorgio in 1955 to form his own company "Galliano Ferro", they continued to make similar pieces for some time. Decorated with silver leaf, patches of copper aventurine
, white zanfirico
lattice filigree, twisted ribbon canes, and multicoloured murrines
. All of this is surrounded with an outer casing of red glass and an inner casing of creamy white glass.Please note:
the plastic stand is for display purposes only and is not included.
Measures approx 2.25 inches tall by 5.25 inches in diameter at widest point.
No chips or cracks, but has some wear to the inside from use, shown in final picture.