Barovier & Toso Gold Flakes Wall Lamps
Materials: Hand blown Murano crystal glass leaves lampshades inserted with gold flakes from gold foil. Brass parts and screws. Bakelite E27 socket.
Height: 40 cm / 15.74”
Width: 18 cm / 7.08”
Depth: 12 cm / 4.72”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. Not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1950s, 1960s, 1970s.
Designer: Ercole Barovier (1889-1972) – attributed.
Manufacturer: Vetreria Artistica Barovier & C.. since 1939 named Barovier&Toso. – attributed.
Other versions: This Barovier & Toso gold flakes wall lamps was in all probability also made as a chandelier.
Barovier & Toso, or as they write it Barovier&Toso, has a long history dating back to Jacobello Barovier in 1295. It is one of the oldest family companies on the planet.
Angelo Barovier, some 200 years later in 1450, designed the famous “Barovier wedding cup”. Witch is now conserved in the Murano museum on the Murano island. It is perhaps the most precious object of the Renaissance glass master-pieces.
In 1878 the first Barovier company was born: Fratelli Barovier (Brothers Barovier). Later it changed into Artisti Barovier (Barovier Artists).
After the First World War in 1920, the furnace was renovated and renamed into Vetreria Artistica Barovier & Co. 1920 was the year in which Ercole Barovier began his career as entrepreneur and designer.
Ercole Barovier created new colours, developed new chemical formulas, and found more efficient ways to manufacture glass. His most outstanding skills however lay in conjuring up innovative effects.
Ercole stopped working just a few years before his death in 1972. His portfolio consisted of no fewer than 25,000 designs.
Today, similar lamps are also sold or produced by Novaresi Illuminazione from Milan, Italy. You can find them on their website.
Links (external links open in a new window)
The Economist: World’s oldest family companies
Glass Identification on 20th Century Glass
Murano glass blowing Wikipedia
The Glass Museum on the Murano Island
Novaresi Illuminazione website
1976 Barovier&Toso Trappola lamp brochure
Many thanks to Frank from Flowermountain.be for the photos and the enthusiasm.