The Lacrima pitcher takes after the shape of the bottles on the laden tables of Renaissance Venetian paintings: it is made of blown grey glass and characterized by a linear profile that ends with a long neck decorated by a ruby glass rim. This fine detail must be hot sealed with great attention, allowing a drop of hot glass to slide down the jug’s surface until it solidifies in an always different manner, which adds uniqueness to the glass.
The Lacrima jug is an elegant object, fit to hold water and wines, specifically sophisticated reds, as the large belly of the object lets the wine breathe before it can be tasted and appreciated.
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.