Pair of Midcentury Dorico Muranoglass Vases Brown-Camel-Clear by Ercole Barovier


Pair of blown double bulbous shaped vases bearing the "Dorico Corniola" (Italian, "Doric Cornelian") pattern - a regular, overall decorative pattern, achieved by embedding aligned square mosaic sections of concentric patterns in brown and colorless glass pressed into a quadrangular camel ground over the entire area of the colorless glass vessel. Artist: Ercole Barovier / Manufacturer: Barovier & Toso Technique: Mosaic glass, blown Material: Glass Size: a) 15cm x 43cm b) 17cm x 38cm Cultural context / Function: After World War II, Ercole Barovier (1889-1974) abandoned gradually the use of thick, massive glass and turned his interests to exploration of purely ‘ornamental’ techniques. From the late 1950s onwards his works evidence a formal simplicity and the growing dominance of decoration. Form increasingly lost its intrinsic value, becoming primarily a vehicle for chromatic effects and elaborate and intricate patterns executed in the mosaic glass technique. Item's history: Artist\Maker history Ercole Barovier (1889-1974) for the Barovier & Toso glassworks . Ercole Barovier (1889-1974), initially a partner in the Vetreria Artistica Barovier, parted from it 1935, to found the firm Ferro Toso, later to be known as Barovier & Toso, which produced outstandingly innovative designs. Literature: Art of the Barovier: Glassmakers in Murano 1866-1972, Barovier pg 187 + 1889-1974, Vetraio Muranese, Dorigato pg 108 Ercole Barovier 1889–1974 The nearly fifty year tenure of Ercole Barovier as artistic director, designer and owner of Barovier & Toso is unprecedented in the history of Murano glass, and the firm’s success stands as a testament to his singular artistic talent and entrepreneurial genius. Born in 1889 to a Muranese family that could trace its origins back to the 13th century, Barovier did not train as a glassblower but had a great passion for glass and quickly distinguished himself as an innovative designer. He joined Artisti Barovier in 1919 at the age of thirty and found success designing vases in the mosaic technique. In 1930 he produced the critically acclaimed and award-winning Primavera series, the success of which encouraged him to continue his experiments. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s Barovier’s dedication to the technical mastery of experimental glass brought him international fame. His thick-walled vessels decorated with un-melted pigments, highly textured surfaces, raw metallic inclusions and expressive hot-work applications helped to create a new aesthetic vocabulary for Murano glass in the first half of the 20th century. During the post-war period, Barovier’s prescient experimentation continued. Exploring the vast potential of glass tesserae arranged in geometric patterns, he re-invented mosaic glass and used it to express the renewed artistic vigor of post-war Italy. By the time of his retirement in 1972 Ercole Barovier had designed thousands of models for his company. While many of these were never produced, the body of work that was created is staggering in its diversity, creative daring and technical complexity.

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Place of origin:
Mid-Century Modern
Dimensions (cm):
15H x 38DI
Dimensions (inch):
5,91H x 14,96DI
Creator / Artist:
Ercole Barovier
Murano Glass
Excellent; The glass has no defects
Inventory ID:
Pair of Midcentury Dorico Muranoglass Vases Brown-Camel-Clear by Ercole Barovier
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