19th Century Murano Chandelier
19th Century Murano Chandelier
19th Century Murano Chandelier
19th Century Murano Chandelier
19th Century Murano Chandelier

19th Century Murano Chandelier

c. 1880 England

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An attractive Ven Muranoetian chandelier, the body with well modelled flowers and foliage in multi-coloured moulded glass, the leaves edged in contrasting shading colours and hung with ovoid overlapping drops
It is believed that glassmaking in Murano originated in 8th century Rome, with significant Asian and Muslim influences, as Venice was a major trading port. Murano’s reputation as a center for glassmaking was born when the Venetian Republic, fearing fire and destruction of the city’s mostly wooden buildings, ordered glassmakers to move their foundries to Murano in 1291. Murano glass is still interwoven with Venetian glass.
Murano's glassmakers were soon the island’s most prominent citizens. By the 14th century, glassmakers were allowed to wear swords, enjoyed immunity from prosecution by the Venetian state, and found their daughters married into Venice’s most affluent families. However glassmakers were not allowed to leave the Republic. Many craftsmen took this risk and set up glass furnaces in surrounding cities and as far afield as England and the Netherlands.
Murano’s glassmakers held a monopoly on quality glassmaking for centuries, developing or refining many technologies including crystalline glass, enamelled glass , glass with threads of gold (aventurine), multicoloured glass (millefiori), milk glass (lattimo), and imitation gemstones made of glass. Today, the artisans of Murano are still employing these centuries-old techniques, crafting everything from contemporary art glass and glass figurines to Murano glass chandeliers and wine stoppers.
Height 43.00 inch (109.22 cm)
Diameter 34.00 (86.36 cm)
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