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Salviati & Co. Venice, late 19th century. Three...

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Salviati & Co. Venice, late 19th century. Three fish, Art Nouveau period. Blown glass and fine gold inclusions. Very slight chipping (not visible) on one of them. Measurements: 7 x 6 x 18 cm (largest). Set of three fish of different sizes, in blown glass of different colours, decorated with fine gold inclusions. Due to its technical characteristics we can attribute it to a famous Murano master glassmaker, such as Barovier or Fratelli Toso. Antonio Salviati (Vicenza, 1816-1890) was an Italian lawyer and businessman, founder of a top class Venetian glass factory, responsible for the revival of the Venetian glass industry in the 19th century. A lawyer by profession, in 1866 they formed a partnership with Austen Henry Layard, the archaeologist who discovered Nineveh, with whom they formed the company Società Salviati e Compagni, based in Venice. The Salviati company won several important commissions, such as the mosaics for the back of the high altar in Westminster Abbey (1867), the ceiling of the Albert Memorial Chapel in Windsor Castle and the Palatine Chapel in Aachen (1870-1875). In 1876 he separated from his English partners and founded a new company which, in addition to mosaics, produced ornamental and table glass in a high quality Renaissance style. In the 1870s he also produced pieces in imitation of ancient Roman glass. His company took part in all the universal exhibitions at the end of the 19th century.

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