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pcmendy:
My wife and I just returned from a trip to Italy and a wonderful visit to Murano. We had an excellent tour of the Cendese glass factory. We were watching a glass blower work on an inticate piece and were told by our tour guide that this was the master Alfredo Barbini. Upon further research it seems that Barbini did work at the Cenedese furnace in the early 1950's, but soon after formed his own glassworks. However, it seems that the address of his glassworks is the same as that of Cendese. Does anyone know if Barbini is still actually working at the Cenedese furnace?

Paul C. Mendelowitz, MD

Laura Friedman:
Barbini is still alive, but as he was born in 1912, I don't think he is doing much glass work these days.  Could it have been his son Flavio Barbini you saw? He was born in 1948 and I believe is still active.

Leni:

--- Quote from: "Laura Friedman" ---Sure would be. Barbini is still alive, but as he was born in 1912, I don't think he is doing much glass work these days.  Could it have been his son Flavio Barbini you saw? He was born in 1948 and I believe is still active.
--- End quote ---

Acording to the Galleria Marina Barovier's biog of Alfredo Barbini, he still works in the glasshouse, assisted by his son Flavio   :shock:  

Leni

svazzo:
I believe I read that it is not only his son, but his daugther also has taken part in the business!
Javier

pcmendy:
Thanks to all for your feedback. Here are some photos of (supposedly) Barbini at work in the Cenedese Glass works on Murano:

http://tinypic.com/5zpa20

http://tinypic.com/5zpag0

and their showroom:

http://tinypic.com/5zpapz

http://tinypic.com/5zpc7d

Mod: amazingly one Tinypic has survived!

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