Glass Bead by Ercole Moretti with Murrine by Ulderico Moretti (1924/1925)
This bead is an absolute rarity, MAYBE THE ONLY ONE EXISTING; it was made by “Ercole Moretti & F.lli”, beadmakers in Murano, using one of the roosters murrine realized by Ulderico Moretti.
It is supposed to be the last piece surviving of a small sampling, which was not followed by an appropriate order, and, for this reason, abandoned.
The bead is composed by six roosters, and measures 10mm. from hole to hole and 11mm. as equatorial diameter. The rooster is reported in Sarpellon book “Miniature di Vetro-Murrine 1838 1924” at page 174, pic 106).
The current owners of “E. Moretti & F.lli”, descendants of the Moretti family, claim to have never seen this bead, and, it must be said, that the eldest of them is 92 years old (and therefore it is almost the same age as the bead).
To represent Murano with a rooster was an act of protest against the decision to put Murano, that was an independent town hall with its own mayor, under the authorithy of Venezia in 1923.
There are various murrine of rooster, made by famous glass makers as Moretti and Barovier; the rooster could have a snake in its bill or a fox on its back, or both of them.
These symbols have a meaning: the rooster is the alertness, the snake is the astuteness, the fox, the sharpness.