Doya Doya Festival at Shitennoji Temple
Talk about a private club. To join Les Hénokiens, you must be a profitable business at least 200 years old and still run by a direct descendant of the original founder.
Topping the list of some of the world’s oldest family companies?
- Kongo Gumi. First project: the Buddhist Shitennoji Temple. 40 generations later: highrises. Established in 578.
- Hoshi Ryokan. Japanese inn founded in 718.
- Château de Goulaine. Loire Valley vineyard since 1000.
- Fonderia Pontificia Marinelli. Italian bell foundry from the 11th century.
- Barone Ricasoli. Oldest winery in Italy & home to Chianti Classico. 1141.
Which bring us to the sixth oldest family business in the world: Murano glassmakers Barovier & Toso. In 1295, Jacobellus Barovier joined other Venetian glassworkers moving en masse to the isle of Murano (not due to fire risk, as commonly thought, but to keep prying eyes away from their technological breakthrough – crystal clear glass.)
His 20th century descendant – Ercole Barovier – helped usher in a new renaissance in art glass.
It’s an Ercole Barovier Murano glass design, cordonato oro, that caught my eye on Kijiji Montreal today!
Pair of Vintage Murano Glass Lamps
Gold-inclusion amber pair of vintage Murano glass lamps by Barovier & Toso. In the cordonato d’oro (cords of gold) pattern. With original paper label. Stands 25½” high without shade. Perfect condition.
Montreal. Asking $2000. FOR REAL?
Will the seller get multiple thousands? Maybe not through Kijiji, but bet someone will be interested. Single lamps on 1stDibs start at $1200 & climbs for pairs, up to $8000.
See more of my favourite Barovier & Toso creations currently on 1stDibs below!
Modern One. One Blue Zebrato Lamp. Asking $7500.1stDibs
Gaspare Asara. Asking $3900. 1stDibs
Matt Murphy Studio. Asking $4800. 1stDibs
More eye candy from Swank Lighting‘s vintage murano glass lamp collection:
Swank Lighting: Vintage Murano glass lamp collection
If you’re a Montrealer & want to see a Murano piece in person, try the lobby of the Montreal Stock Exchange, where a 4-story-tall Barovier & Toso chandelier from the ’60s hangs.
Hanging lights at Montreal Stock Exchange. From Flickr, courtesy of Ricky Leong.
Share pics of your Murano glass favourites in the comments below!