Venice played a fundamental role in the spread of perfume as an item of luxury and elegance in late medieval and Renaissance Europe. The city still has numerous signs of the perfume art, which lies at the crossroads of alchemy and medicine with its exotic substances, mysterious recipes, complex knowledge and solid economic activity.
These Murano glass vials by The Merchant of Venice, the ambassador for Art of Perfumery of Venice, are a stunning addition to any vanity table and a special visual approach to the art of perfumery. A classic, timeless work of art, The Merchant of Venice’s Murano Art Collection encapsulates intoxicating scents in limited edition handmade vases crafted by master glass blowers from the Venetian island of Murano.
This collection of essences speaks about the long journeys from the fascinating cities of the Orient to the enchantment of Venice, the main destination of the ancient Mediterranean routes.
The spices, the aromas, and the rare essences were expertly selected by merchants from among those that were most aspired and precious.
The Merchant of Venice Murano Art Collection includes Monsieur Vetiver, Bal de Mandarines, Infusion de fleurs, Noblesse du Bois, Peau d’Angel, and Safran Rouge perfumes.
Murano’s glassmakers led Europe for centuries, developing or refining many technologies including crystalline glass, enamelled glass (smalto), glass with threads of gold (aventurine), multicolored glass (millefiori), milk glass (lattimo), and imitation gemstones made of glass. Today, the artisans of Murano are still employing these centuries-old techniques, crafting everything from contemporary art glass and glass figurines to Murano glass chandeliers and wine stoppers, as well as tourist souvenirs.