Murano Glass Chandelier. The Garigolo includes a 15 square meter fully equipped kitchen; complete with microwave, refrigerator, induction hob, coffee maker and washing machine. It is illuminated by a chandelier, made by my wife, decorated with Murano glass. It also has two large red granite countertops and a small white Parisian bistro-style dining table with a cast-iron foot.
Venice in pre-Roman times represented, in the area of the Upper Adriatic, the point of arrival of all maritime exchanges with the eastern coasts of the Mediterranean. Among all the goods arrived from the East, glass enjoyed an important role.
It is believed that the glassworks originated in Murano in the eighth century, with notable Asian and Arab influences, since Venice was an important commercial port. The fame of Murano as a center of glass processing was born when the Republic of Venice, to prevent the burning of the buildings of the city, ordered the glassmakers to move their foundries to Murano in 1291.
In the 18th century, Murano glass manufacturers began introducing new products, such as glass mirrors and candlesticks, into their production. These crystal chandeliers became popular after the time of the chandeliers made of iron, wood and bronze, and their success was such that in a sudden way they took the chandeliers to a level unknown until then.
The first Murano glass chandelier produced by Venetian glass makers dates back to the year 1700. This new type of lamp was called “ciocca”, literally, bouquet of flowers, due to its characteristic decorations of polychrome flowers in glass. The most sumptuous of them consisted of a metal frame covered with small elements in blown glass, transparent or colored, with floral ornaments, fruits and leaves, while the simplest model had arms made with a single piece of glass. Its shape was inspired by an original architectural concept: the space in the interior is left almost empty since the decorations extend throughout the central support, separated by the length of the arms. One of the most common uses of the huge Murano lamps was the interior lighting of theaters and halls in important palaces.