Delicate Italian Pulegoso Pendant
Pendant, Pulegoso glass, Italy, 1950s.
The organic, delicate shape of this chandelier resembles that of a flower or mushroom. Dropping from the sealing like a stem, the shade of the pendant shows an upward rise and fans out in a soft, natural way. The glass, which is called Pulegoso contains numerous bubbles of all sizes. Not surprisingly, the word pulega (translated from Italian dialect) to bubble. This effect is achieved by adding bicarbonate of soda, gasoline, or other substances to the glass melt. The bubbles make the glass semiopaque and give the surface an irregular texture. Resulting in a sculptural light with wonderful light partition. Pulegoso was developed by Napoleone Martinuzzi (1892-1977) on the island of Murano near Venice in the 1920s.