This Murano glass bowl was hand made in the 1950's by Arte Vetraria Muranese, usually shortened to AVeM, founded by master glassblowers in 1932. Made of thick, clear glass with a pale greenish tint, the bowl is filled with murrine, slices of long glass canes with internal patterns. It's one of AVeM's most well-known line of vases and bowls called "Tutti Frutti." The glass is also shot through with hundreds of sparkling particles of gold, a complex technique which uses metal oxides and powders. It's called aventurine, or avventura in Italian, the root word of which is 'ventura' which means fortune or chance, indicating the challenge of producing the desired result consistently. During his tenure from 1939 to his death in 1952, AVeM's art director Giulio Radi advocated using simple shapes to showcase the colorful murrine and the glittering aventurine that give the glass pieces their wonderful organic appearance..
Measuring about 7 1/2 inches long on each side, 9 1/2 inches on the diagonal, the bowl is 2 inches high and weighs a bit over 2 1/2 pounds. The underside of the bowl has four equidistant raised ridges and a flat circular bottom, expertly cut and highly polished. Murano glass is of course hand blown and may have bubbles. On the top surface of this bowl, there are 6 bubbles that remain as oval indentations, all of which can be felt with your fingertips. The largest one is about 1/2 inch long and located on the outer edge (see the white arrow in photograph #2) and is sharp to the touch like a chip would feel. Otherwise there are no cracks or chips and the bowl displays beautifully.