Vintage Italian Millefiori Brass Picture Frame beautiful collectible artisan handcrafted small picture frame. Micro Mosaic made from small glass beads in Venice Italy, from the early 20th Century.
A beautiful mostly lost craft that Luxe Loves! We seek out items crafted using this incredibly technique and collect them to celebrate the unique history and the art.
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DIMENSIONS: 2.75" H x 2.25" W x 2.5" D
ORIGIN: Venice, Italy
CIRCA: Early 20th Century
FACTS & HISTORY: Millefiori is a glasswork technique which produces distinctive decorative patterns on glassware. The term millefiori is a combination of the Italian words "mille" (thousand) and "fiori" (flowers). Apsley Pellatt in his book Curiosities of Glass Making was the first to use the term "millefiori", which appeared in the Oxford English Dictionary in 1849; prior to that, the beads were called mosaic beads. While the use of this technique long precedes the term "millefiori", it is now most frequently associated with Venetian glassware.
Since the late 1980s, the millefiori technique has been applied to polymer clay and other materials. As the polymer clay is quite pliable and does not need to be heated and reheated to fuse it, it is a much easier medium in which to produce millefiori patterns than glass.