About the Artist:
Murano glass is made on the Venetian island of Murano, which has specialized in fancy glassware for centuries. Murano’s glassmakers led Europe for centuries, developing or refining many technologies including crystalline glass, enameled glass (known as smalto), glass with threads of gold (aventurine), multicolored 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, as well as tourist souvenirs.
Murano is home to a vast number of factories and a few individual artists’ studios making all manner of glass objects from mass-marketed stemware to original sculpture. The Museo del Vetro (or, Glass Museum) in the Palazzo Giustinian houses displays about the history of glassmaking as well as glass samples ranging from the Ancient Egyptian era through the present day.
This exquisite art glass horse head sculpture was made by the artisans of Murano during the late 1970s. This sculpture has been uniquely designed to represent the bust of a braying horse. Though primarily composed of clear, hand-blown glass, the body of the horse has a white and pale yellow inner core over which curling black and brown stripes appear. The mane and ears of the horse are slightly tinged amber. This horse head reflects Murano craftsmanship at its finest.
The horse head sculpture is in excellent vintage condition, free of chips and cracks. The art glass has a few air bubbles created during its fabrication, and very few scratches to the outside surface. Please review accompanying photographs.
This wonderfully crafted horse head sculpture would make for a charming housewarming gift or one for a special occasion, such as a birthday, anniversary or holiday. For those who collect art glass, Mid-Century glass, or Murano glass specifically, this superb glass sculpture will add value to such collections.