Luigi Onesto
Fishtail Glass Vase with Controlled Bubbles, Murano, Italy, c. 1970

c. 1970
15 x 8 x 6 cm

Luigi Onesto (b. 1935), c1970, signed Murano Sommerso Blue, green and clear Italian Art Glass Tear Drop Sculpture with fishtail rim and controlled bubbles. Signed to the base ‘L. Onesto’, measures approximately 15cm in height, approximately 8cm wide. In excellent condition ,no chips, cracks or repairs.

One of the most famous makers of Italian Murano art glass is Luigi Onesto. Born in Murano, Italy to a family of glassmakers, Luigi was immersed in the art from an early age. As a teenager he honed his craft during his apprenticeship at Gambaro & Poggi, one of the oldest and leading glass making companies in Italy at the time. Once he had attained suitable skill he founded his own art glass studio, Vetreria Artistica Oball, where he now works with his sons.

Luigi’s work is characterized by his exceptionally skillful use of the sommerso technique. Sommerso involves layering multiple colors of glass for a very distinctive and beautiful effect. It is not a simple process by any means and in the hands of lesser artists the effect is often ruined by the presence of air bubbles between the layers. In the hands of a skilled artist like Luigi the end result is quite dazzling as you can see here.


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