Pair of Courtesan Figurines, G.Toffolo of Murano Signed
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A pair of figurines in 17th century courtesan dress created by Glass Master G. Toffolo circa 1960's. The main colour is the traditional red of G. Toffolo with applied frills in amber, Both are signed by G. Toffolo and bear the label of the Venetian Glass Company. Both figureens are in excellent condition. Franco Giancarlo Toffolo was born on the 23.6.1934 in Murano Venice Italy. His interest in glass art started when he was 9 years old, whilst working with his father, Giancomo, a top Glass Master in Murano. He was a gold medal winner at the Technical School in Murano and worked for over 40 years with Venetian glass in Murano. Franco Toffolo also worked for the Venini glass company, Murano from 1946 to 1950. He signed his creations G.Toffolo up until 1981, when he joined Caithness Glass , Scotland, as a Senior Glass Maestro, working on special commissions and exhibition pieces. Since then he has signed his work Franco Toffolo. Commissioned work recipients include :- PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN. SIR MICHAEL HESELTINE. AND THE UNITED KINGDOMS MOST FAMOUS FAMILY. Franco Toffolos work is exhibited world wide. There are also permanent exhibitions in the UK :- Standing Horse The Glasgow Museum. Reliquary Broadfield House Glass Museum. Replica of the Pitfirrane Goblet Abbot House Heritage Centre. Glass Master John Ditchfield learned his skills during a seven year apprenticeship with Franco Toffolo. Franco Toffolos work is illustrated in many glass reference books . His masterpieces are fast becoming collectables and are already fetching prices at auction far higher than their original cost. Now in his seventies, Franco Toffolo is still creating limited works of art for a very small circle of recipients including our company, for which we feel greatly honoured and extremely grateful . Franco Toffolo is one of a handful of Glass Masters that the Island of Murano has created. We believe that his work is on par with such great artists such as Picasso and Napoleone Martinuzzi. Franco has accumulated over 60 years experience and is probably one of the leading exponents of traditional glass forming techniques. We consider that within the next five to ten years, his creations will be demanding breathtaking prices at auction . "Glass always has, and always will be, my life" Franco Toffolo. Height of lady figurine - 14.25" (36cm) Height of gentleman - 13.25 (33.50cm) You are welcome to contact us for further information and shipping cost.
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