F.lli Toso
Founded in 1854 by the brothers Ferdinando, Carlo, Liberato, Angelo, Giovanni and Gregorio, the glasshouse initially produced glass for domestic use and pharmaceutical bottles which were soon followed by reproductions of antique glass pieces. In the early 1900's the company produced objects and chandeliers in the floral style executed with the murrine technique. In 1912 and 1914, F.lli Toso presented glass works by the Norwegian artist Hans Stoltberg Lerche at the Biennale di Venezia, obtaining great success. During the Twenties F.lli Toso produced traditional transparent blown glass pieces, but in 1934 underwent a remarkable change on the occasion of the Biennale di Venezia. In 1936 the artistic direction of the company was taken by Ermanno Toso, who progressively revisited the techniques of Murano glass reinterpreting them in a personal style which obtained widespread consensus especially after World War II. During the Sixties and Seventies the works of Renato, Giusto and Rosanna Toso, who often used clear transparent glass, brought a decidedly modern look to the company. The glasshouse was closed in 1982.
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