This rare and exquisite set of 12 hand blown Venetian goblets are true works of art. Each one is engraved with a nude mermaid in the waves, with flowing hair and stars and moon above. The shape of the goblets serves to compliment the picture with double wafers and even the raised foot is engraved. Made by S.A.L.I.R. - Studio Ars Labor Industrie Riunite
The Studio was founded in 1923 by Giuseppe D'Alpaos, Decio Toso and Guglielmo Barbini. Its specialities were glass engraving, sandblasting, enamel and engraving application of gold leaf.
In 1927 the firm began cooperating with Balsamo Stella and Franz Pelzel who, after a two years stay in Florence, opened their own laboratory at the Giudecca. While the former joined for just a few years at the firm, the latter stayed on right up to his retirement in 1968.
At first, the artistical influence exerted on Balsamo Stella by his long stay both in Northern Europe and in Bohemia were very strong felt: indeed, that is where he first met Pelzel. He exhibited his last creations for the S.A.L.I.R. company at he 1930 Biennale where he presented glassware with decorations that go back to classical themes but with a modern touch, or else vases, bowls, with sports, aviation, jazz, as its subjects.