Perfume bottle, Franchini and Bigaglia (?), End 19th c. Murano Venezia
Beautiful perfume bottle, last decade od 19th century, Murano – Venezia.
It is ascribed to Giacomo Franchini, and produced by Pietro Bigaglia by some collectors, but we have a different opinion. The shape of the bottle, the colours, and the quality of the “murrine” included in the glass are different from the certified Franchini – Bigaglia bottles.
Considering these items were very expensive also at their time, we suppose this kind of bottles were made as a second line production, by an unknown imitator. The result is not exceptional, as the Franchini’, but of more than decent quality. We could also go to suppose they were made under the supervision of Bigaglia, when, after 1875, G. Franchini more or less stopped the production.
About this point of view, see as usual Giovanni Sarpellon, “Miniature di Vetro” Arsenale Editrice, Venezia 1990, chapter 3, “I Franchini”, from page 31 to page 91.
There are 5 murrine:
- 1 portrait of old emperor Franz Josef
- 1 man head with moustache and pointed beard
- 2 gondole
- 1 head of a young man
Size: 68mm. x 24mm.