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Barovier and Toso Eugeneo/-io/-ia?

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The vase in the photos resembles a draped body (to my eye). It contains 'gold' leaf sandwiched in layers of clear glass and has black trim for the lip and base, and also around the inside margins of the shaped handles. It is 14.5cm high by 10.5cm wide by 7.5cm deep.

John Hobbs, 'glassobsessed' on this board, has indicated in a private message that this item is in the 'Eugenio' range by Barovier and Toso. That's delightful, because I've found similar but larger items in that range on offer on an auction site for $5000 here and exactly the same shape and size but in a different colour scheme for 450 euros ($630) here. But profit is not my concern.

My question is the exact spelling of the range. Those two auction sites use 'Eugenio' and 'Eugeneo', respectively.

Lesley Jackson in 20th Century Factory Glass plumps for 'Eugeneo' as the spelling, giving a description on page 27 but no photos. On the other hand Leslie Pina is most variable. In her book Circa 50s Glass she has a 'Eugeneo' handled vase or jug on page 25 and a 'Eugenio' handled bowl or jug on page 30. (There is also an unnamed pitcher with the same handle shape on page 29, and the design of 'Eugeneo' in 1951 is reported in Appendix B.) However in her earlier book Fifties Glass, Leslie Pina refers to some 'Eugenia' table lamps on page 86. The common features seem to be the characteristically shaped handles and embedded metal particles.

Are there different ranges Eugeneo, Eugenio and Eugenia? If not, which is the correct spelling? I presume that one of those recent books on the Barovier family will be definitive.


My mistake, but John Hobbs and 'glassobsessed' are two different people. I do mean the first.


Marina Barovier's book has it spelled Eugeneo. I don't know if that makes it more right than any other spelling. Often words in other languages are given in more than one way.

What a lovely vase. Eugeneo is made by added color to the glass, but not fusing. All eugeneo I have seen is opaque. So your vase is not eugeneo. The shape is a form that is made during the same period as eugeneo (early 1950s). My personal taste is that I like your vase better than most of the eugeneo pieces I've seen. Many eugeneo pieces have shapes similar to your vessel, so it is easy to understand why someone would guess it might be.

One hundred and sixty three views and only two replies . That does surprise me!!!!! .

Yes John it is surprising but then I think most people come here to gather information and may not have much to add - like me on this piece..

We could do with a couple more TxSilvers and yourself. The main contributors would number no more than 15 I am guessing.


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