Thursday, August 15, 2013

The Birds

A major name in glass that dates back to the thirteenth century, in fact to the very roots of the glass blowing industry on the island of Murano,  is Zanetti. In the 20th century a man by the name of Licio Zanetti carried on the family tradition by apprenticing at every bold name factory under the tutelage of Venini, Barbini, and Alfredo Seguso - honing his skills to become a Maestro in his own right. The above birds are basically life-size (33" x 14" and 27" x 8" respectively) - works of art and quite desirable. Close inspection shows the intricate feathering technique that only a master could achieve and the legs and feet are gilt bronze.

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