Rare Italian Venetian Murano glass sculpture candleholder figure made in black amethyst glass embellished in vibrant red and white lattimo glass. The figure is beautifully modeled wearing red pants with lattimo sash, and jacket also in red cased with lattimo. He carries above his head a candle holder of gold aventurine cased lattimo glass. On a heavy circular base of cased gold aventurine flecks. Retains the label for IVR Mazzega of Murano, Italy. Circa 1950s-1960s. In overall good vintage condition, no chips or cracks. Measures 12 5/8" height x 5" wide.
About the Mazzega factory:
The exact date of the foundation is unknown. According to the statement of the daughter of Romano Mazzega, Esperia Mazzega, the company was founded in the early 30s. In 1937, the company was sold to Aureliano Toso. Together with his brothers Gino and Maria, he changed the company into F.lli Mazzega. After the Second World War, the factory was renamed I.V.R. Mazzega.
The factory mainly produced on order, for example, for the company Fucina degli Angeli. They worked with the best glass blowers and artists of the era, including Ermanno Nason, Luigi Scarpa Croce, Aldo Bergamini, Fulvio Bianconi, Carlo Scarpa, Renzo Burchiellaro, Anzolo Fuga, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Gio Ponti, George Braque and Jean Cocteau. The production finished in 1983.