Hand-made Pulegoso art glass from Mid-20th Century Italy with foamy bubble decor trapped within emerald green and clear glass layers.
Back in the days of art glass studios, when beautiful objects were produced by masters of the art for everyday use, elaborate decorative bowls like this were made by famous artists and distributed throughout the world. The art glass studio era ended in the 1980’s, but was in full revival until then, making glass objects using methods gleamed from antiquity. This Italian Pulegoso art glass beauty was created sometime between 1920 and 1970.
According to the Corning Museum of Glass; Pulegoso
(Italian, from the dialect word pulega, “bubble”) Glass containing numerous bubbles of all sizes, produced by adding bicarbonate of soda, gasoline, or other substances to the melt. The bubbles make the glass semi-opaque…. Pulegoso was developed by Napoleone Martinuzzi (1892-1977) on the island of Murano, Italy, in the 1920s.
It’s big and very useful. It was designed to double as a catch-all, flower bowl, candle holder, snack bowl, and even as an ashtray. Measures 6″ wide, 7″ long, 3.5″ tall and weighs 2.8 lbs.
There are no chips or cracks. There is some light use marks in the center of the bowl caused by over 50 years of use. But the glass is still brilliant and whole and the use marks are hard to see. We are offering this rare item at a discounted price due to the use wear.