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Riquadri Vase Clear and Opaque Orange, Barovier Et Toso



Large “Riquadri” vase designed and manufactured by the Barovier and Toso studio in 1999. This vase takes its inspiration from a historical model of the "a tessere" technique of the reference 21518 designed in the 1950s (see original image of period catalog). In 1999 Barovier produced in very small quantities two bowls borrowing the same technique but using a different color scheme. The vase we are presenting is a prototype manufactured in a single copy. A few bowls will be edited, the vase never. This vase is therefore unique and we were lucky to be able to acquire the other prototype in Azur and Yellow. Particularly interesting in terms of shape and brilliance of colors, this beautifully sized vase is in excellent condition and is signed "Barovier e Toso Murano" with a diamond point.


  • Creator
    Barovier&Toso (Designer, Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 14.18 in. (36 cm)Width: 6.7 in. (17 cm)Depth: 6.7 in. (17 cm)
  • Style
    Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Excellent condition and is signed "Barovier e Toso Murano" with a diamond point.
  • Seller Location
    Brussels, BE
  • Reference Number
    Seller: UD08_641stDibs: LU2994320631802

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  • Shipping
    $102.60 Express Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 5-6 days.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Leuze-en-Hainaut, Belgium
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 3 days of delivery.

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About Barovier&Toso (Designer)

Partnerships come and go within the community of glass-making artisans on the Venetian island of Murano, where business relationships seem as complex as the shifting alliances in the notoriously acrimonious Italian parliament. Formed in 1942 by members of families with centuries of experience in the craft, Barovier, Toso & Co. has proven to be one of the most enduring and prosperous Italian glass manufactories of recent decades. Under the nearly 50-year artistic directorship of cofounder Ercole Barovier (1889–1974), the company created buoyant traditional pieces such as chandeliers and sconces, and it pioneered an array of innovative modernist designs with bold colors, patterns and surfaces.

To appeal to gentler, more conservative tastes, Barovier Toso produced a range of lilting, sinuous lighting pieces that are often described as embodying “Liberty Style” — the Italian term for Art Nouveau, taken from the name of the famed London department store that promoted 19th-century organic textile designs in the manner of William Morris. The hallmarks of the style in Barovier & Toso works are elements of glass in the shape of thick leaves, fronds and flower petals, deployed along with other naturalistic ornament in sconces, pendants and chandeliers.

Ercole Barovier began his personal aesthetic transition toward modernism in the 1930s with his Primavera series of vases and animal sculptures — idiosyncratic milky-white and clear glass filled with tiny bubbles and hairline interior fissures that he produced for Artisti Barovier, a firm headed by his father and uncle. Later, with Barovier Toso, he would explore such novel styles as the mosaic-like Pezatto glass; fluid Spiral patterns; the pebbly textured Barbarico line and the complex, layered and highly colored abstractions of the Oriente series of vases and bowls.

 Traditional or modern, Barovier Toso — still under family control — has produced one of the finest and most diverse catalogues of Murano glass in the last 100 years.

About the Seller
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