Virginia Wilson Toccalino and Tony Toccalino create these Contemporary Filigree Ribbon Crown Marbles at their glassblowing studio in Halton Hills On. Virginia’s marbles are highly sought after and collectible. Many examples are in the permanent collection of the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, ON.
Virginia selects the glass rods carefully to match in size, twist and pattern. The rods go on a fire proof plate and arranged to display a distinct pattern. They are fused and picked up on the glassblowing pipe. Then formed and blown into the desired shape and size. This creates a uniquely formed pattern throughout the ball.
Glass masters Filippo and Bernardo Catani invented the Ancient glass making techniques used in this process in 1526. This elaborate pattern making technique was laborious and difficult to perform. Filigree Glass was rare. This made it suitable for only the uppermost tables of society. It was befitting of Kings and Queens at the time.
This elaborate and beautiful form of Filigrana Glass is responsible for the fame of Murano style glass today. It is still scarce and hard to find.
The pattern and color combinations in these Filigree Ribbon Crown Marbles are almost limitless. This brings worldwide appreciation and joy to collectors of the beloved Filigree Glass technique.
Your beautiful marble will come in a gift box accompanied by an artist’s card along with a rubber “O” ring to display it on.
mar*ble* (n). A small ball of colored glass or similar material used as a toy. Also known as collectible, contemporary objects of beauty