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Manufacturer: Salviati & C
Start year: 1859
End year: 0
In mid-19th century Antonio Salviati, a lawyer in love with the mythical lagoon city, decided to revitalize the Venetian glass industry that was overshadowed by both English and Bohemian glass. In the 1859 he founded the Salviati Dott. Antonio fu Bartolomeo, in Sestiere Dorsoduro 731. Supported by Lorenzo Radi and with the artistic direction of Enrico Pondio, the company developed a new method of making mosaic with glass, which rapidly reached great success in European courts and capitals before spreading in America and Asia. Made by Salviati were the mosaic tesserae used for decorating the St. Paul Cathedral dome and the Hall of the House of Parlament in London, the Opera Theatre in Paris and many others. In the 1877 Salviati started his own blown-glass production in Murano, employing some of the best glass masters operating at that time: Antonio Camozzo and the talented Giovanni, Giuseppe, Benvenuto and Benedetto Barovier. They created a collection of glasses, stemware, bowls, chandeliers and vases, and a range of etched pieces that found approval at many international exhibitions. We owe to Salviati and his persistency the rediscovery of the aventurina glass, the glass a fiamma and opalino glass. After Antonio Salviati`s death, at the beginning of the 20th century the company became property of Maurizio Camerino: born in Venice in 1859, he started working in Salviati & C at the age of eighteen as a factory worker, to become production manager in a few years. During the 30s the Camerino family decided to abandon the production of mosaic to focus on the making of decorative objects and lighting. In the early 1950 a new creative impulse was given by Luciano Gaspari, the new artistic director of Salviati & C. The work from those years is strongly characterised by the frequent collaborations with architects such as Sergio Asti, Romano Chirivi and Vinicio Vianello as well as with international designers such as Heinz Oestergaard and Claire Falkenstein. Today, Salviati remains one of the most representative company for glassmaking in the world, the quality and the beauty of their products supported by a solid know-how and by fruitful and continuous collaborations with many inspiring designer such as Johanna Grawunder, Guido Rosati.



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