This striking hand enameled Italian art glass bowl was made by Vetri d'Arte, founded by Luigi Fontana in Milan in 1881. This bowl was made circa 1930 and features a procession of Baccanalian nymphs attired in diaphanous neoclassical clothing. The nymphs are depicted in groups with some holding bouquets of flowers while two others hold flaming torches trailing billows of smoke. One nymph entertains the group with a diaulos. All of the figures are set on a dark classical landscape with rounded hills studded with buildings and trees. It is worth noting that a similar example is held in the permanent collection of the renowned Corning Museum of Glass.
The bowl is in very good original condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. As a vintage item, the bowl shows minor signs of age consisting of faint scuffs on the underside which are mentioned for accuracy. The piece stands 3" tall and is 4.75" in diameter at the mouth. The foot is 1.5" in diameter. The side of the bowl bears the signature VEDAR XI, an acronym for Vetri d'Arte.
This highly collectible Vetri d'Arte enameled bowl displays beautifully and would be a fantastic addition to a grouping of fine art glass, or works equally well showcased on its own. A wonderful piece.