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A creative exchange with artists such as the painter Guido Cadorin or the ceramicist and sculptor Hans Stoltenberg-Lerche brought the second generation Toso Brothers to the forefront of Murano glass manufactories at the beginning of the twentieth century. After the Second World War Ermanno Toso and Pollio Perelda were among the most famous designers and continued the production of lavish series in glass, complemented from the 1950s onwards with high-quality one-offs executed mainly in the celebrated millefiori technique. This decoration consists of a multitude of tiny coloured discs, known as murrini, which are produced by melting, cooling and cutting bundled canes of glass to form a cross-section pattern.

Together with Caterina Toso, renowned Murano expert Marc Heiremans looks back on and reviews the complex history of the famous glass manufactory. Well-informed texts, hitherto unpublished sketches and archive photos make Fratelli Toso Murano an essential reference work for all connoisseurs of glass.

With its intense colours and a wide range of complex forms and decoration, glass art from Murano occupies a particularly special position in the world. And Fratelli Toso is one of the most important manufactories of the twentieth century on this laguna island, with exceptional glass objects having being produced here from 1854 to 1980.

The present company monograph begins in 1902, as the second generation of the founding family took over the manufactory.

Thanks to the creative exchange with artists, such as the painter Guido Cadorin or the ceramicist and sculptor Hans Stoltenberg-Lerche, the company rose to the pinnacle of glass manufactories on Murano.

After the Second World War Ermanno Toso and Pollio Perelda continued the production of quality, high-end series in glass and complemented these in the 1950s with exceptional oneoffs for exhibitions and trade fairs – mainly in its famous millefi ori decoration, in which a multitude of small coloured discs – so-called murrine – are cut from a glass strand and then melted together in glass.

The comprehensive illustrated section displays the most beautiful pieces from eight decades of the company’s history, beginning with Art Nouveau vases and on to representational glass sculptures via the revival of the murrine technique.

In the second section of the book, around 2,000 of the most important documents from the glass manufactory’s archive – photographs and model drawings as well as excerpts from model books and catalogues – have been made available to the public for the very fi rst time, enabling the reader to precisely identify collectors’ pieces.

Marc Heiremans is a specialist in this fi eld and has published many books on Murano glass. Together with Caterina Toso he has reviewed the complex history of this major glass manufactory – from 1902 to the division of the company in 1980.
A spectacular illustrated section, texts from renowned experts and hitherto unpublished design drawings and archive photographs make Fratelli Toso Murano a most indispensable reference work for all enthusiasts of glass.

Marc Heiremans is an expert on Murano glass and supervises the set-up of diverse important collections across Europe and North America. He is a member of the Royal Chamber of Antiquarians of Belgium and of the Belgium Chamber of Art Experts. Heiremans is also author of the Arnoldsche publications 20th Century Murano Glass (1996), Dino Martens. Muranese Glass Designer (1999), Seguso Vetri D’Arte. Glass Objects from Murano
(1932–1973) (2014) and Vetreria Aureliano Toso, Murano 1938–1968 (2016).

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Posted 1 September 2018

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In memory of Arnoldo Toso (1939-2017) this monument of a book shows the history, the works as a sketch, design and in the flesh; archives, model books; drawings and public appearances and, closes with an appendix, bibliography and photo credits.
Well-organized and documented, there are good photos on all subjects in this well designed and printed book of almost 3 Kilos gives the reader all they could be looking for.
Warmly recommended, this book should be a required text for all glass, design and art schools for its insights on how designs for blown glass are made, a series is developed and the company’s collection has grown over the years —all mandatory knowledge to understand this discipline.
During my hours of enjoyment spent turning this book’s pages, I was pleasantly engaged by its freshness and time-lapse photographs about what might be called an age of fascination with glass art that is as decorative as it is functional.
Highly recommended for all glass lovers, collectors and museum libraries.

Angela van der Burght
Edited and enhanced English: Erica H. Adams

Model 1365, H 32.5 cm. Courtesy Galerie Marc Heiremans, Brussels (BE).
Photo: Frank Michta, Dendermonde (BE)

Interior view of the Fratelli Toso factory at Fondamenta Colleoni during the late 1920s. Courtesy Arnoldo Toso Murano.
Photo: Archives Fratelli Toso, Murano

Cattedrale by Pollio Perelda, H 27.5 cm, H 37 cm and H 29.5 cm. Courtesy Lutz H. Holz, Berlin (DE).
Photo: Martin Adam, Berlin (DE)

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