Millefiori is one of the best-known glasswork techniques which produce unique decorative patterns on glassware.
"Millefiori" representing the pattern of whimsical flowers with beautiful colors was named by maker Apsley Pellatt who first used the term "Milleifori" in his book called "Curiosities of Glass Making" in 1849. The term also appeared in the Oxford English Dictionary.
Murano Glass is a glass in a chemical sense of the word that is made exclusively on the small island of Murano, which is located within the borders of the Northern Italy city of Venice.
In 1291, the glassmakers were forced to move their factories to Murano.
Dating from the 15th century, it was the first time that Millefiori Glass were produced using the most famous Murano Glass rods or canes (Murrine Canes). After that, for many years, the art of Millefiori was lost and the technique was only revived in the 19th century.
Process of making millefiori
Before creating Millefiori Beads, artisans need to make a small, rough glass globe mixture called globule. On the end of a steel pole where the globule is placed, it is dipped into a glass mixture made from different colors.
After each dipping, a multi-colors layered sphere is formed that grows in size. This sphere is then placed in a special mould made from Millefiori glass canes (Murrine Canes) to give the Millefiori product the necessary shape.
Value of Antique Millefiori Bead
The antique millefiori beads were mostly made in Venice, a city in Italy, specifically in a small Venetian town known as Murano.
The design and craftsmanship of millefiori beads come at a price. Antique Millefiori beads are more valuable than those being made today.
Origin of Glass and Quality
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