Venetian-Murano Glass Chandelier

  • This stunning chandelier is crafted from the finest Venetian Murano glass
  • This sumptuous creation boasts 12 lighted arms and a garden of flowers and decorative drops
  • First produced circa 1700, Murano chandeliers emerged from a long history of Venetian glass
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Item No. 29-9665

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This majestic Murano glass chandelier is one of the finest examples of the exceptional Venetian glassmaking tradition. Composed of twelve lights sumptuously decorated with a garden of delicate flowers, flourishing leaves and a multitude of sculpted drops, this honey-colored chandelier clearly exhibits the impeccable artistry for which Venice, and the island of Murano, became world-famous. A confection in glass, this piece is simply stunning.  

  Circa 1880  

  44" diameter x 53" high  

  Venetian-Murano glass chandeliers were first produced around 1700, though the island of Murano had been manufacturing glass since the 13th century. Since 1292, when Venetian glass companies had to relocate to Murano, an island located in its lagoon, for fear of fire, most of its population has lived by glass production. The art of glass was brought to the area by Byzantine craftsmen who came to the area from Constantinople, overrun first by crusaders, then by the Ottomans. 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. They occupied an extremely high position in Venetian society, but in return, were often forced to remain within the city limits. Despite these efforts to keep Venetian glassmaking techniques within Venice, they became known elsewhere, and Venetian-style glassware was produced in other Italian cities and other countries of Europe. The Murano style became popular in Europe in the 19th century when other manufacturers produced chandeliers in the Murano style.
This exuberant 12-light chandelier is crafted of the finest Venetian Murano glass
Period: 19th Century
Type: Chandeliers
Diameter: 44 Inches
Height: 53.0 Inches

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