Loredano Rosin
Couple, A Large Modernist Sculpture, Murano, Italy, Mid-20th Century

mid to late 20th C
51 x 38 x 10 cm

Large Murano modernist sculpture by glass artist Loredano Rosin (Murano, Italy). This rare and beautiful glass sculpture features double glass heads in a chalcedony glass. Signed on the base Loredano Rosin

Lorendano Rosin (Italian, 1936–1992) was an Italian sculptor best known for his traditional use of Murano glass to depict stylised figures and animals. By employing an ancient Italian technique from Calcedonia, he used silver nitrate to create subtle colour striations in his figurines. Rosin worked as a master glass blower for Salviati & Company, where he notably collaborated with artists such as Pablo Picasso and Marc Chagall in realising their vision in glass.

Born in 1936 in Venice, Italy, he studied with Romano Zanelli and Cocui Saor as a teenager before establishing his own studio, where he worked with his brothers Mirko and Dino Rosin. Today, his works are held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, among others. The artist died in 1992 in Venice, Italy. 

The chalcedony glass is a particular decorative type of glass made from a mix of coloury metals, mainly green and purple; this is to imitate the precious stones such as the agate. Calcedonio or Chalcedony glass-making technique was invented in the middle of the fifteenth century. This technique involves mixing scraps of coloured and white opaline or iridescent glass and Cristallo glass and fusing them together under high temperatures. Once the pieces fuse completely, various mineral oxides are added repeatedly to the glass mixture and dispersed to create unique color effects. These may include cobalt oxide to achieve blue colors, nitrate of silver for matte appearance, potassium oxide, and others.

Finally, the objects are blown from the mixture into the desired form, and characteristic colour streaks obtained by using mineral oxides become even more pronounced as the glass curves during this process. Because of the dangers involved, the glass is only produced in Murano. Its not legal to produce this glass in Australia.


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  • Loredano Rosin
    Couple, A Large Modernist Sculpture, Murano, Italy, Mid-20th Century

    51 × 38 × 10 cm

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