||Blue Rainbow Fountain|
Item No. 1419
A gather of molten glass is pulled from the crucible and sculpted into the shape of a fountain.
The sculpture is fumed with a mix of rare metals and cobalt then irridized in the furnace producing a
shimmering dichroic in a rainbow of colors.
An air space simulating a splash is added before casing the design in crystal clear glass.
After annealing, the design is ground flat on two sides and polished to a high finish.
Under the Medici's in Italy, fountains were symbols of the power and benevolence of the city's rulers.
The great Medici Villa featured two monumental fountains showing a bronze Hercules slaying Anteus, symbolizing Cosimo's victories over his enemies.
A second fountain displayed a bronze Venus.
Since the planet Venus is governed by Capricorn, (the emblem of the Medici's), the fountain symbolized
Cosimo's absolute mastery of Florence.