Murano Bullicante Controlled Bubble art
glass table lighter. The metal lighter part does not appear to ever
have been used. It is all there but does not spark. I collect glass so
never fooled with it. Size is 4 inches high, about 3 inches across.
Coloring on this is amber. Condition on the glass is really excellent.
No chips dings or cracks.
The bullicante technique became famous during the 1930’s thanks to
Archimede Seguso. Parting from his famous sommerso technique, Seguso
took it to another level by taking advantage of the thickness of the
glass. By using a more viscous composition, he found a way to leave
small incisions unaltered and empty, in spite of covering them with
another layer of glass. And while working on other light artworks like
lamps, he figured the spiky tool he used on those lamps could also be
helpful for the creation of dents. Seguso therefore figured out it was
the size and shape of the metallic spikes that determined the position
and depth of the pattern impressed on glass. He started experimenting
with up to six layers of glass, trapping “bollicine” (bubbles) of air
inside every layer. These bubbles reminded him of the bubbles in boiling
water, thus calling this technique “bullicante” which literally means
“boiling”. After mastering the technique, he went as far as decorating
the inside layers with gold leaf and other colors, making each piece
even more valuable and unique.
I do have a lot of Murano lighters I have collected over the years I will be selling this summer. .......I have been
collecting Art Glass for about 20 years. I used to live next to a large
flea market and a couple big antique malls. So I would pick things up
whenever I saw something that fit the collection or I thought was a good
deal. I sold about 50 paperweights last summer and I am getting pushed
to sell the rest as I am relocating. Please check out my ebay store as I
will be putting things up all summer. Thanks