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Archimede Seguso

Archimede Seguso
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Born in 1909 in Murano, he died in 1999. He started working in 1933 for the firm Barovier Seguso Ferro and later for Seguso Vetri d'Arte; he left the latter firm in 1942, to open a furnace bearing his name in 1946. During the 60s he made objects for Fucina degli Angeli.

One of the most capable Murano craftsmen, Archimede Seguso represents a clear example of how a master glassblower, endowed with exceptional competence, was able to put together a particularly sound firm, combining creative artistic flair with an outstanding manual ability.

After having worked for many years at the Seguso vetri d'Arte firm and executing a lot of the sculptured objects designed by Flavio Poli, he decided in the immediate second post-war period to open a furnace giving it his own name. Then he abandoned the forms of sculptured expressions and committed himself in the retrieval and revising of the traditional Murano techniques of filigree and zanfirico.

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In the 50 and 60s he created extraordinary objects, such as the various "merletti", "composizione lattimo", "piume", "fili" and many more, presented successfully at the variuos Venice Biennali and Milan Triennali (Italy). At one of the latter, in 1951, he exhibited a large gate made of metal and glass elements, on the design of the painter Giuseppe Santomaso, one of the few items designed by someone outside the firm but in keeping with a well-established trend in that period: executing in glass the work of contemporary artists. He was also present abroad the most important glass shows, in Goteborg, Paris, Vienna, Lisbon, and at the XXXI Venice Biennale in 1962 he was awarded first prize by the local association of industrialists. Some items made by Archimede Seguso are still exhibited in some Madrid and Lisbon museums as well as at the Corning Museum of Glass in New York: Active to these days, he still attends to his furnace: an evidence of outstanding long-lived production.

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