This is an elegant Murano hand blown 23 carat gold flecked art glass bowl designed by Ercole Barovier, for the Barovier e Toso company. The piece has a ribbed pattern, in the “Cordonato D’ Oro” or “Gold Rope” design. Its profusely covered in gold leaf throughout and is high collectible.
Barovier & Toso is one of the oldest family businesses in the world, founded in 1295 as simply Barovier. It is thought that the company originated Treviso and the company headquarters is currently based in Murano.
In the 1500s, three Barovier brothers were furnace owners and . Their craft signs (an Angel, a Bell and a Star) still today compose the Barovier crest. The son of Benvenuto Barovier, one of the most important glass furnace owners of the time, Ercole Barovier, was born in 1889.Having completed his highschool education, Ercole was ready to begin his career in his father’s glass-works at around the time the First World War was coming to an end. Such was his progress that, after a short while, he was able to completely take over
It was not until 1936, that the Barovier family merged with the Toso family’s Fratelli Toso Glassworks, to form Barovier & Toso, specializing in crystalline glass.