Wednesday, October 31, 2012

From the Getty to Venice in a single turn: Giberto Arrivabene's newest glassware

Sometimes discoveries don't come from a museum's art galleries, but from its library. While visiting the Getty last week, I stopped into the GRI to see a friend and read through a few of my favorite art and design magazines. Flipping through Ville Giardini (it was a fast flip, I don't know more than a few words of Italian), I stumbled upon the most glorious etched glassware by Venetian artist Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga.

The magazine photographed the glasses on the balcony of the main salon at the Palazzo Papadopolithe family home where Giberto spent much of his childhood, and now a hoteloverlooking Venice's Grand Canal. The etched designs are taken from six of the most decorative palazzo facades in the city: Grimani, Ariani, Ducale, Spinelli, Ca' d'Oro, and, quite sweetly, Papadopoli. The glasses can be purchased individually or as a set of six (one of each design, as below), and are available in either a clear crystal or a darker "antiqued" crystal.

Think a little Carpano sipped from one of these would vastly improve my Italian?

The Ca' d'Oro glass, and a detail of its pretty design.

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