Vintage Murano ‘Bullicante’ Ashtray

R300.00

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Vintage Murano ‘Bullicante’ Ashtray

R300.00

This is one of the finest examples of a bullicante ashtray that I’ve come across, and in fact I think it’s the work of glass house, Seguso Vetri d’Arte, who were the inventors of bullicante glass.

The process was originally developed by Archimede Seguso (1909-1990), becoming famous in the 1930s. The word ‘bullicante’ literally means ‘boiling’: the bubbles created by the process of spiking the glass, and covering the empty pockets with a layer of glass, reminded Seguso of boiling water.

You can easily see his inspiration for the name when you look at the thousands of little bubbles that cover the surface of today’s ashtray! They make for a brilliant display, and it’s understandable why bullicante glass became so popular in Italy, and remains so some 90 years later!

Dimensions: 13.5cm long x 12.5cm wide x 4.5cm deep

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