This massiccio sculpture carries several Murano techniques.
There is a burnt red color incalmo with bubbles on one side, a sommerso tobacco core with gold leaf applied surrounded by two amber or gaggia incalmo (the right technical name for faded incalmo is sbruffi).
A colorful warm fall colors sculpture that requires a talented Maestro and a close-knit team, called piazza in Murano, to coordinate the making of the piece. Romano Dona and Stefano Toso comes from the school of Livio Seguso’s factory where this technique was mostly used in gray and iridescence.
When become independent they started experimenting in the use of color nuances and vibrant combinations, thus expanding their creativity and making beautiful masterpieces. The lens effect makes the color move when passing by.
This sculpture will find it’s best place in your home next to a window or a source of light. Signed Stefano Toso probably from the late 90s. Probably Romano Dona hand showing Livio Seguso heritage.
One note on the Sommerso technique. This layering of glass is commonly called Sommerso. It’s so used that I have ended up using it for research and clear explanation. The real name for this technique is sbruffi. Sommerso is when the glass is covered by different coating of lightly colored glass, the first color is submerged in the pot of the second color. There is no fading effect. Sbruffi is a different technique and much more difficult. Uses only clear Sommerso and the gaffer blows an intense colored glass over the first clear blob of glass covering it with a thin clear layer of glass. Sometimes Sommerso and sbruffi are used together but Sommerso is only the first layer.
The central orb has a thichness of 9 cms (3in 3/4)
Stefano Toso (Manufacturer), Romano Donà (Author)
OF THE PERIOD
PLACE OF ORIGIN
DATE OF MANUFACTURE
Late 20th Century
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES
Art Glass, Gold Leaf, Murano Glass
Excellent. Piece is heavy and needs to be placed on a good stand. Iron small speckling that requires magnifying lens to see, see last pictures..
16.93 in.Hx13.78 in.Wx5.12 in.D
43 cmHx35 cmWx13 cmD