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made at Murano, Venice, Italy

Postcard of Bowl.
© National Museums Scotland


This glass bowl was designed by Flavio Barbini in 1981 and made in 1982 at Barbini at Murano in Venice in Italy.

The bowl is made of clear colourless and opaque white glass decorated with two spiral bands. It bears the mark 'A. Barbini'.

Venice has a very ancient glassmaking tradition, resulting in great technical skills amongst the workforce. The art of the glass blower rather that the cutter or engraver, dominates Italian glass, and all new techniques and new designs depend on and exploit this skill. Modern Italian glass is consequently noticeable for its elegant and original shapes, and also for its bold use of bright colours. Venini, Toso Vetri DíArte, Barovier and Toso and Barbini are all inter-related dynasties who have employed outstanding artists and designers in recent decades.

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Online ID: 000-190-004-442-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  A.1983.429
Date: 1982
Material: Glass, clear colourless and opaque white. Inscription: A. Barbini [diamond-engraved?]
Dimensions: 81 mm H x 310 mm D
Subject: European glass
Who: Barbini, Murano, Venice (Maker)
Flavio Barbini (Designer)
Where: Italy, Venice, Murano
Description: Bowl of clear colourless and opaque white glass decorated with two spiral bands: Italian, Venetian, Murano, designed by Flavio Barbini in 1981, by Barbini, 1982
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