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The Orsoni Smalti Veneziani Color Library: Glass Volumes for Mosaic Artists

Orsoni Smalti Veneziani.
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Orsoni Smalti Veneziani. Slabs of red and orange glass ready to be cut into chunks of smalti.

The Orsoni Smalti Veneziani Colour Library is the kind of library I would want to work in.  None of the libraries I worked at had this kind of visual exuberance!  The Orsoni Factory traces its history back to Angelo Orsoni, a glass worker in Venice, who had the idea to bring a sample panel of smalti to the Paris Exposition of 1889.    I had seen photos of this panel, but did not realize it was a utilitarian sampler.  The centerpiece of this World’s Fair was the Eiffel Tower, but I am partial to chunks of glass.

 

More orange goodness at my Orange Tuesdays Pinterest Board.

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