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Fratelli Toso, Venice

Fratelli Toso, Venice

One of the oldest glass factories established in Murano, Fratelli Toso was founded in 1854 by six brothers who loved the art of glassmaking. With over 150 years of experience in the field, the Toso family improved their techniques and nowadays are one of the top award-winning manufacturers of Murano glass. Their production has a wide range, going from exclusive chandeliers to charming glass souvenirs.

By far, Fratelli Toso’s most relevant contribution to Murano’s glassmaking history is their beautiful murrine (or millefiori), an ancient technique that forms an assortment of colorful glass canes that have been fused together, thus producing shapes and patterns on the inside. Once the fused canes have cooled down, they are sliced into small pieces, resulting in tiny circular flat beads, known as “murrine”. The Toso family were so skilled in the production of murrine millefiori during the 19th century that they were called “murrinari”. Their collections of millefiori pieces are quite extensive.

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Sight Name: Fratelli Toso
Sight Location: Venice, Italy
Sight Type: Shopping
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