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Vase (Italy), ca. 1960

This is a Vase. It was made by Salviati & Company. It is dated ca. 1960 and we acquired it in 1971. Its medium is blow and cased glass. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.

The island of Murano in Venice has been an important creative center for the art of glass blowing for over a thousand years. In this bud vase, Salviati & Company combined new and old techniques, including casing, in which a dense amethyst core appears to float weightlessly in bands of azure and colorless glass.

This object was featured in our Object of the Day series in a post titled Floating Colors.

It is credited Gift of Michael Lewis Balamuth.

Our curators have highlighted 9 objects that are related to this one. Here are three of them, selected at random:

  • Vase, ca. 1800
  • blown and cut glass.
  • Bequest of Walter Phelps Warren.
  • 1986-61-236

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 26.4 x 23.2 x 6.2 cm (10 3/8 x 9 1/8 x 2 7/16 in.)

It has the following markings

On underside of base: ragged circular label, black ink on gold paper: "SALVIATI & CO. / VENICE/ MADE IN ITALY"

Cite this object as

Vase (Italy), ca. 1960; Made by Salviati & Company (Italy); blow and cased glass; H x W x D: 26.4 x 23.2 x 6.2 cm (10 3/8 x 9 1/8 x 2 7/16 in.); Gift of Michael Lewis Balamuth; 1971-66-2

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