S.A.L.I.R. (Studio Ars Labor Industrie Riunite)
S.A.L.I.R. was founded in 1923 by Guglielmo Barbini, Giuseppe D'Alpaos and Gino Francesconi, decorators from the grinding shop of the Cristalleria Franchetti, and Decio Toso.Its activities centred mainly on engraving (diamond, wheel, sandblasting), intaglio, enamel decoration and gilding of blown glass, mirrors and decorative panels. From 1927 the firm worked with Guido Balsamo Stella and the Bohemian Franz Pelzel, the former for five years as artistic director, the latter until he retired from the businness (1968) , becaming a leader of figurative engraving. Using designs by Balsamo Stella, Pelzel wheel-engraved gracious Art Dec˜ and classical-style figures and images of everyday life. The models engraved and enamelled in the Thirties were conceived by Pelzel himself, Vittorio Zecchin, Gi˜ Ponti, Pietro Fornasetti and Atte Gasparetto. Subsequently Pelzel and his pupils created wheel-engraved or diamind-point glass with modern forms, designed by occasional collaborators such as Pietro pelzel, Ettore Sottsass, Serena Dal Maschio, Riccardo Licata, Ugo Blasi, Gi˜ Ponti, Romualdo Scarpa, Tono Zancanaro, Vinicio Vianello, and Agostino Venturini. The firm has been run since 1976 by Mario D'Alpaos and Luigi Toso, respectively the heirs of Giuseppe D'Alpaos and Decio Toso and current owners of the glassworks.
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