I dedicated the Tancredi glass to my nephew: family for me constitutes tradition, so I decided to work on this classic Murano Goto modifying the proportions”. The Tancredi is, in fact, grey glass blown in the classic cylindrical shape that is enlarged at the bottom and reduced in height, and it is finished with the complex rigà-menà technique, which multiplies its reflections and makes it extremely pleasant to the touch. The final touch is given by the hot sealed ruby glass rim, which is closed by a drop that slides down the glass as if it was a tear, until it solidifies in an always unique manner.
The life of Giberto Arrivabene Valenti Gonzaga is viscerally linked to Venice. His childhood memories, the most beautiful, are those that have taken place in the rooms of Palazzo Papadopoli, between frescoes of Tiepolo and family affection. “In my earliest memories Venice had other colours. It was more obscure, dramatic, decayed and deeply romantic – simply beautiful. There wasn’t the same light like there is today – more dazzling perhaps, but less poetic.”
Each piece derives from a watercolour sketch made by Giberto on tracing paper: “When I see something that inspires me, or an object that I like, I sketch and rework it – then move on to the realization of it.”
The glass, the main material in the collections, is worked exclusively in Murano. Each glass, each specific object, is blown by master glassmakers in the Venetian furnaces.
Giberto takes his watercolours to discuss with them and refine the project, check its feasibility, and to make eventual changes.