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GRAN GALA Luxury Vase by SEGUSO GIANNI

COD: 032/BLT/V/QG

GRAN GALA Luxury Vase
by SEGUSO GIANNI
Ballotton with pure gold leaf vase, with square-shaped edge.

Mark of Origin

n. 032

Lievi differenze sul colore sono tipiche di una lavorazione artigianale e ne costituiscono un pregio
Availability: immediate shipment
Dimensions: H 35 x P 15 cm
Weight: 3 Kg
€ 499.00
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GRAN GALA Luxury Vase

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This exquisitely elegant vase has an extraordinarily light to the touch, a unique and exclusive quality that distinguishes the production of Gianni Seguso.

The highest expression of classic Murano glass is amazingly rendered in this series of “ballotton” vases combined with gold leaf: the glass is covered in spectacular air bubbles below the surface.

These vases embody the potential of Murano glass, its plasticity, its possibilities, the myriad shapes it can take to become, every single time, a unique and unrepeatable masterpiece.

SEGUSO GIANNI Srl

 

Generation after generation, the Seguso family keeps the art of glass alive. Gianni Seguso, owner of the art glass workshop by the same name, remembers his debut alongside his father: "I had the blessing to grow professionally with him, he could make anything, and even became drinking-glass master at the age of sixteen! In his later years, he would produce any sort of object, including glass sculptures designed by famous artists, but especially magnificent chandeliers".

These few statements capture the work philosophy of Gianni Seguso, who now works in the furnace with his son Marco. Even though many of this furnace's creations are excellent examples of classic style (one for all, the prestigious "Ca' Rezzonico" style chandeliers), much energy is also devoted to searching for new shapes and ideas.

This is how the ancient heart of tradition, represented by the careful ritualistic movements that are cherished as crucial inheritance of the old masters, is joined to a desire for creativity and constant renewal, to breathe new life into the thousand-year old art of Murano glass. Along the lines of this philosophy, the new line of jewellery GioVe was born within the furnace, to breathe new life into this ancient tradition.

BLOWING

 

Glass-blowing, which most likely originated in Syria between the first century BC and the first century AD, is a glass manufacturing technique that revolutionized glass production times by significantly speeding them up. This may be defined as the "classic" technique for creation of hollow objects.

Glass can be mouth-blown or mould-blown. In the first instance the master, aided by his assistants, shapes the object by blowing through a long hollow metal tube, the so-called "blow-pipe".

The glass is picked up from the center of the oven, blown and shaped by use of a "borsella", a pair of flexible tongs that can accomplish different tasks depending on their shape. Indeed, the borsella can be used to pinch the object, narrow it, remove imperfections, open it up or give it a precise shape.

During this work, the pipe is countinuously spun to avoid warping the glass, as it is still soft at this stage and can be warped by gravity.

 

Mould-blowing, on the other hand, involves blowing the glass into a mould which, in Murano, is built out of pear wood. It can be made out of two or three hinged pieces, used to shape the object, or by a single truncated conical piece, sometimes made of bronze or brass, used to imprint a decorative pattern onto the object.


BALLOTTON

 

The "balloton" technique creates the typical raised criss-cross pattern.

 

This decoration is obtained by blowing the glass shape into a specific bronze cast; the mould imprints the pattern but does not change the shape, which must be done by hand. The typical bubbles are air bubbles that are intentionally included by the master.


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