Tessere Ambra vaseBarovier & Toso
alternating glass tessere edged in amethyst
6¾ dia x 6½ h in (17 x 17 cm)
Signed with applied manufacturer's label to underside: [Barovier & Toso Murano Made in Italy].provenance: An Important American Collection
literature: Venetian Art Glass: An American Collection 1840-1970, Barovier, pg. 153 illustrates series Art Glass from Murano 1910-1970, Heiremans, pl. 49, pg. 56 illustrates similar example Ercole Barovier 1889-1974: Vetraio Muranese, Dorigato, pg. 103 illustrates series
Period photo of additional Tessere Ambra forms. (Reproduced from Venedig Zeigt Glas Aus Murano by Giovanni Mariacher, 1958, Österreichisches Museum für Angewandte Kunst)
Rectangular orange-caramel sections of semi-opaque glass edged in amethyst achieve a surprisingly flexible structural geometry in Tessere Ambra. Designed in 1956, this series marks the beginning of two decades of successful experimentation with glass tessere. The piece presented here exhibits nearly perfect geometric patterning in a rare and unusual form.