Fratelli Toso. Murano, 1902-1980. Lutz Harald Holz Collection
Fratelli Toso is a family business founded in Murano, in 1856, by the Toso brothers, one of the most traditional muranese families that had its headquarters in the former Scuola Grande San Giovanni dei Battuti. In 1902, after the death of the last of its founders, the second family generation takes over. Thanks to the collaboration of influential artists, such as Guido Cadorin and Hans Stoltemberg Lerche, the company acquires from 1910 a solid reputation on the Murano island, whose only rival was in those years the Barovier family.
After World War II, with the incorporation of Ermanno Toso, (artistic manager and designer from 1924, to 1946) and Pollio Perelda, (designer between 1924 and 1964), the company reaches its highest quality, especially in the production of murrinas, to the point that they became known as the "murrinaris".
At the end of 1950, Giusto and Renato Toso enter the company manufacturing unique high-end pieces, up to 1980, when the company is divided into two distinct entities. The exhibition that we present shows the production of Fratelli Toso from 1902, or second generation, to 1980, when the definitive division of the company originates.
All the works on display have been carried out with traditional cane blowing techniques and the Venetian filigree and murrinas. The latter, perfected during the Roman Empire, resurface from the sixteenth century, thanks to Muranese glassmakers. In the nineteenth century, one of the Venetian companies that worked with greater skill and skill these techniques was Fratelli Toso.
The murrinas are different sections of glass rods, with a variety of colors and designs, which are hot combined to form flowers, stars, dots or strokes. The murrines are placed neatly, either on a horizontal metal surface (marble) or inside a mold, in order to collect them with a portion of incandescent glass and blow them with the help of a cane.
The magnificent Murano glass bottom that the collector Lutz Harald H ownsolz, offers us the unique opportunity to show in the museum this excellent exhibition dedicated to one of the most prestigious international companies