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Some things to keep in mind regarding Salviati mosaics:
Antonio Salviati was not a glassmaker himself. Trained as a
lawyer, he used his keen business sense to seek out and partner with master
glassmakers and mosaicists like Lorenzo Radi.
Radi developed a revolutionary method for both making enamel
mosaics and applying them. His process made more colorful and durable smalti,
which was then pre-made in Venice, shipped to a site, and set in large sections
rather than by individual tesserae. This made the work less expensive and
The Salviati name has been used in various forms and
iterations since the 1850s, but it is synonymous with quality glassware that
was somehow associated with Antonio Salviati.
Salviati’s firms manufactured mosaic scenes based on
cartoons by their in-house designers; copies of existing works (either paintings,
frescoes or mosaics); or new designs specifically created by contemporary
artists such as Edward Burne-Jones, by architects like G.G. Scott, and by
commissions from other craftsmen such as their competitors in the mosaic field
Clayton and Bell.
Salviati mosaics can be found on all six habitable continents:
North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa.
Salviati mosaics can be found in and on churches, public
buildings, government buildings, as well as private residences.