Born in Murano in 1936, Raffaeli went to a local school and at the age of fifteen, he began working with the Seguso-Dalla Venezia glass furnace. There he met Piero Scaramal, from whom he first learnt the secrets of the magic art that makes Murano well known as the capital of glass making. During the seven years spent with Scaramal, Raffaeli developed his skills and his personality, advancing systematically in the traditional career of a glassmaker, from "garzone", the furnace boy, to "primo servente", a first level assistant. The second furnace Raffaeli worked at was also very famous, the Salviati's. There he experienced with different techniques, from glass blowing to "massiccio" glass, the working of a mass of glass that results in large, solid sculptures.
In 1966, Raffaeli entered a new furnace, Briati's, where he became a glass master and realized the designs of Flavio Poli. Finally, together with his assistants and some friends, he decided to start a new adventure. Today Raffaeli, who has reached the highest point in his artistic career, can and must sign every single piece that he realizes. This beautiful aquarium is certainly among the finest examples of Italian master glass blowing. Elio Raffaeli created this spectacular masterpiece during the peak of his career.
I believe it to be from the early 1990's. An amazing example of suspending four beautifully detailed fish (pesce) and a fantastic jellyfish (medusa) in clear glass with controlled bubbles and colorful reeds. The colors in the fish are impressively vibrant, and the translucent jellyfish is unbelievable!
7.5" W x 6.75" H x 3.25 D. Identification Marks: Signed/etched at bottom Elio Raffaeli. The OGGETTI label is intact. Condition: A noticeable scratch is on the underside of the piece.The piece is free of chips. Stored in a climate controlled smoke & pet free environment.
The item "OGGETTI BY ARTISAN ELIO RAFFAELI SEA LIFE AQUARIUM BLOWN ART GLASS SCULPTURE" is in sale since Monday, May 27, 2019. This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Glass\Art Glass\Italian". The seller is "904*arias" and is located in Jacksonville, Florida.This item can be shipped to United States.