Venetian Blue Murano Glass Chandelier

  • This chandelier is comprised of vividly-colored Venetian-Murano glass
  • The island of Murano has produced some of the finest art glass since the 13th century
  • This 12-light fixture showcases a veritable garden of foliate-formed glass
  • The effect of the light passing through the rainbow of glass is stunning
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Item No. 30-0519

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This Italian chandelier is one of the finest examples of the time-honored art of Venetian glassmaking. Composed of twelve lights sumptuously decorated with colorful flowers, flourishing leaves and a multitude of sculpted drops, the chandelier exhibits the artistry for which Venice — and the island of Murano — became world-famous.

Venetian-Murano glass chandeliers were first produced around 1700, though the island of Murano had been manufacturing glass since the 13th century. In 1292, Venetian glass companies were forced to relocate to Murano, an island located in its lagoon, for fear of fire. Since that time, most of its population has lived by glass production. The art of glass was brought to the area by Byzantine craftsmen who fled from Constantinople during the Crusades. By the 16th century, Venetian artisans had gained even greater control over the color and transparency of their glass and had mastered a variety of decorative techniques.

Glassmakers occupied an extremely high position in Venetian society, though they were often forced to remain within the city limits. Despite these efforts to keep Venetian glassmaking techniques within Venice, Venetian-style glassware was eventually produced in other Italian cities and other countries of Europe. The Murano style became particularly popular in Europe in the 19th century, though the finest examples were those produced in Venice, including this chandelier.

Circa 1880

40" diameter x 51" high
Venetian Blue Murano Glass Chandelier
Period: 19th Century
Origin: Other
Type: Chandeliers
Diameter: 40 Inches
Height: 51.0 Inches

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