Large Vintage mid century modern Empoli Cristalleria Fratelli Betti Blue Cased Glass Vase. Rare and stunning in person!!! A very large and heavy piece measuring 15" tall and approximately 5" wide, the base is 3.5 wide. This design is attributed to Cristalleria Fratelli Glass out of Empoli, Italy.Their forms are very easily recognized and a great addition to any décor. The blue is very vibrant in person and gets darker (ombré), and the size makes the piece really stand out from other!! No chips or cracks, in excellent condition. This is a beautiful old Italian glass vase, Cristalleria Fratelli Betti Italian Empoli Glass.
Wonderful large and heavy 1950/60's organic blue & white cased glass vase with applied decoration. From the Italian region of. A fabulous item, in a wonderful shape, it catches the light beautifully. Would make an excellent display piece. Italian MCM Blue Cased White Glass Tall Vase Empoli..No chips or cracks on this stunning cased glass beauty. Twisted and pulled stunner that will be a focal point where ever it sits.
Empoli: The Other mid century Italian glass. Mention Italian Glass-especially when discussing mid 20th century modern Italian glass-and virtually everyone's minds immediately leap to Venice and Murano on the northeast coast of Italy. Most collectors and dealers are unaware of another almost equally famous center of Italian glass making known as Empoli. Empoli is a region on the west side of Italy, southwest of Florence in the province of Tuscany. Like its better known counterparts to the northeast, Empoli has been producing and exporting glass since the 14th century.
The Empoli green, known as Empoli Verde: was created from the iron that occurred locally in the sands of the Empoli region. Empoli glass is generally much simpler than other Italian glass and does not have the intricately applied trim or internal decorations associated with Venetian and Murano pieces. The simple traditional styles of Empoli glass were quickly adapted to the sparse abstract shapes of mid 20th century modernism. The vast majority of mid century-styled Empoli glass was made for the American market. It should be kept in mind that Empoli is a region where there were many glass companies, not one specific glass company.The great majority of Empoli glass imported into the United States during the 1950s-1960s was marked only with relatively generic "Made in Italy" paper or foil labels. Over time, many of the original labels have fallen off and the majority of Empoli glass in today's market is largely unmarked.
Some pieces of Empoli are very similar to shapes and colors made by the American glass maker Blenko. The color the large lamp in Fig. 1, for example, is very similar to Blenko's mid century amber.
A number of Empoli shapes are also very similar to Blenko shapes. Some of those shapes include a fish vase, leaning tapered decanter, several large bulbous bottles with stoppers, a figural cat decanter with handle and others. There are several ways to separate Italian Empoli glass from American Blenko.
First, Empoli glass never has a pontil mark on the base; virtually all Blenko has a pontil. Empoli glass is typically quite thin-walled, not much more than one-eighth of an inch; Blenko generally has thicker walls, usually over one-eighth inch thick. Empoli stoppers and the mouths of the decanters and bottles they fit are smooth, not ground. Finally, all Blenko shapes can be confirmed by their appearance in original Blenko company catalogs. There is no single source of company catalogs to confirm Empoli shapes.
Most Empoli glass is documented by its appearance in the catalogs of American gift importers and retailers. This item is in the category "Antiques\Furniture\Other Antique Furniture". The seller is "antikl0ver" and is located in this country: US.This item can be shipped to United States.