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5856 N Broadway Chicago, IL 60660 , United States Call Seller 773.654.1562


Rare Alfredo Barbini Large Scavo Murano Glass Vase

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  • Description
    Designer: Alfredo Barbini
    Barbini Murano
    Italy - Circa 1970s
    Dimensions: 12.5" H x 14" DIA
    Condition: Very good vintage condition.

    Journey into the captivating world of Italian art glass with this rare and striking Murano glass vase by the esteemed artist Alfredo Barbini (1912-2007). Having been recognized as a Master glassblower by the age of 14, his legacy is embedded in his innovative techniques and commitment to the craft. The piece presented here from the 1970s beautifully encapsulates his mastery.

    At first glance, this vase might seem like a relic from an ancient civilization. Its surface, reminiscent of archaeological finds, speaks of age and antiquity. This effect is achieved through the Scavo technique. 'Scavo' translates to 'excavated' in Italian, and the method involves applying various chemicals to hot glass to achieve a surface texture that imitates antiquities excavated from the ground.

    In this particular vase, the amber base sets a warm, earthy tone, reminiscent of sunlit terracotta. The mottled cobalt blue, brown, tan, and peach tones dance across the surface like patterns on a pottery shard, revealing tales of ancient civilizations and long-forgotten crafts. These hues seamlessly blend, evoking the sense of a relic that has braved the elements and the ravages of time.

    With a sizable presence, measuring 12.5” in height and 14” in diameter, this vase is not just a decorative piece but a statement. The etched signature, "Barbini Murano," at its base serves as a testament to its authenticity and origin.

    For those who cherish artistry, history, and the allure of timeless craft, this Alfredo Barbini vase is more than just a decorative item; it's a piece of Murano's illustrious history, a testament to the ingenuity of its glass masters, and a window into the ancient world, all beautifully melded into one.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Origin: Italy
    Period: 1950-1979
    Materials: Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass
    Condition: Good. Very good vintage condition. Minor shelf wear to the bottom. An inherent flaw in the scavo to one side of the vase. No chips, cracks or repairs. Additional photos upon request.
    Creation Date: Circa 1970s
    Styles / Movements: Modern, Art Glass, Mid Century
    Patterns: Abstract, Handmade, Modern
    Incollect Reference #: 678375
  • Dimensions
    H. 12.5 in; Diam. 14 in;
    H. 31.75 cm; Diam. 35.56 cm;
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