GERANIUM Squared Plate by ERCOLE MORETTI
The Secret Garden is a new collection of differently shaped centrepiece dishes, in different sizes. This plate is the synthesis of the Ercole Moretti signature style. It is entirely made of “millefiori” murrine, in romantic pastel shades, fascinating and hypnotic at first glance.
To classify it as a simple plate would be limiting: this is a painting, a poem spoken in the language of the Moretti family, which has specialized in murrine for more than a century. The perfectly arranged murrina cane sections form a breathtakingly colourful composition with all its impossibly tiny flower shapes, and its beauty stands out in any setting.
Amidst the many shapes, the letter "M" stands out, clearly identifying the producer Ercole Moretti. As these compositions are arranged entirely by hand, the patterns always vary slightly. The exquisite beauty of these masterpieces is precisely in their uniqueness, born from a single creative inspiration of the glassmaker.
ERCOLE MORETTI & F.lli snc
Ercole Moretti founded his Company in 1911. His first outstanding masterpiece was the bead called "Rosetta", followed by the so-called "Millefiori".
The Ercole Moretti furnace has always preferred the Murrina manufacturing process, without overlooking other techniques linked to bead-making: today, as yesterday, production includes polished beads, "sommerso" beads, those made with "avventurina" glass, imitations of semiprecious stones. wo innovations borne of the Moretti family's creativity have shaped the history of Murano glass.
The first one was the adoption of a fine copper pipe instead of the clay-covered iron rod for the production of lampwork beads. The second innovation, dating from 1968, is that of using a thin copper strip to create a mold within which to arrange fragments of murrine rods. This arrangement, once melted, ground and polished, becomes a solid, completely smooth disc. Thus, the legendary Murrine were born.
Starting in the 90's, alongside classic jewellery, the company started producing a home decoration line: a spectacular collection of Murrine plates, inspired by antique designs.
"MURRINO" GLASS or HOT-WORKED MOSAIC
The hot-worked glass mosaic is based upon glass canes; they are produced in very few furnaces, due to the complexity of its manufacturing.
The master picks up a cylindrical mass of molten glass (the "paston") with the cane-making rod, and joins it to a smaller blob (the "conzaura") attached to a short rod. He then hands over one of the rods to his assistant, then they slowly walk away from each other lengthening the glass rope.
As the glass quickly cools, they carefully set down the hardened cane onto rough wooden boards on the floor. The evenness of the cane depends exclusively on the superior craftsmanship of the master. A special type of cane is called "millefiori"; it is a hollow or solid cane composed of concentric multicoloured layers which, in cross-section, form a typical star- or flower-shaped pattern.
These canes are produced by filling open moulds in succession, creating each pattern by layers of different-coloured glass. The finished cane is used by cutting into small segments and arranged onto a horizontal metallic plate, coated with purified lagoon-marsh mud -- this is the only substance able to isolate melting glass from metal. The arrangement is melted inside an oven and picked up for further processing, usually blowing and shaping with tongs. It is this initial procedure that determines the pattern and size of the object, whether one uses solid canes, geometric plates, filigree or aventurine, and creates an infinite variety of unique products.