Perfume bottle, supposed Franchini and Bigaglia, Murano Venezia
Beautiful perfume bottle, last decade of 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 was made as a second line production, but made by the “F.lli Toso” glass makers. 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.
You could see a very similar bottle in the catalogue “Venetian beads, Mosaic glass and Murrine”, written by G. Sarpellon, on occasion of an exposition kept in Venezia in 2003. Picture 573, page 74.
For most of the “murrine” included, see same catalogue, pictures 574-582, page 75.
The same kind of bottle is published also in”Miniature di vetro” by G. Sarpellon, page 91.
See also “Murrine e Millefiori 1830 – 1930” (catalogue of an exhibition in Venice, 1998), page 67, picture 37 (same murrine).
There are 7 murrine:
- 2 heads of bird
- 1 man called “Egizio” (it means Egyptian)
- 1 man head called “Cinese” (it means Chinese man)
- 1 star
- 1 crescent moon
- 1 interesting part of a “leon” (lion), symbol of S. Marco evangelist, patron saint of Venezia.
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