Monumental Ercole Barovier - Barovier & Toso Efeso Blue Vase 1964
Item e6454

A large blue art glass vase from the 'Efeso' series designed by Ercole Barovier in 1964 for Barovier & Toso, Murano, Italy. Thick glass in bright blue with irregular air inclusions. A very rare example of the famous designs of Ercole Barovier. Exhibited on the XXXII Venice Biennale in 1964.

Barovier & Toso is the oldest Muranese glass manufactory founded in 1295. In the early 1900s Benvenuto Barovier, Vittorio Zecchin and Umberto Belotto designed a series of mosaik glasses in liberty style. In 1920 Ercole Barovier became artistic director. Under his direction Barovier, Barovier & Toso won numerous awards for their innovations. In 1930 the award-winning “Primavera” series was presented at the Venice Biennale. Barovier continued to produce innovative designs. Several of them became iconic status as there are the 'Lenti', 'Crepuscolo', 'Autunno Gemmato', 'Oriente', 'Rostrato', 'Tessere' and 'Barbarico' – just to name a few. The company became Ferro Toso Vetrerie Artistiche Riunite S.A in 1936 when Vetreria Artistica Barovier merged with Ferro Toso. In 1942, the company was renamed to Barovier & Toso. The company executed also designs of e. g. Matteo Thun, Giusto and Renato Toso, Toni Zuccheri and Sergio Asti. Today Barovier's main focus is on luxury lightnings.

Measures:
Width: 13.39" (34 cm)
Height: 15.16" (38.5 cm)
Depth: 6.3" (16 cm)

Literature Reference:
Marina Barovier, Art of the Barovier Glassmakers in Murano 1866-1972, Verona 1993, 196 (technique)
Attilia Dorigato, Rosa Barovier Mentasi, Venezianisches Glas aus dem Glasmuseum Murano Venedig, Berlin 1981, page 70
Marina Barovier, Il Vetro di Murano alle Bienali 1895-1972, Milano 1995, page 98
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