millefiori glass

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millefiori glass

mil·le·fi·o·ri glass

Decorative glass having a multicolored floral or mosaiclike pattern, made using glass rods that are fused together from smaller, variously colored and shaped rods and cut in cross section.

[Italian millefiori : mille, thousand (from Old Italian, from Latin mīlle; see gheslo- in Indo-European roots) + fiori, pl. of fiore, flower (from Old Italian, from Latin flōs, flōr-; see bhel- in Indo-European roots).]
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But it is the colours that matter and in Venetian Colour (Yale: pounds 35) Paul Hills, who has lived in Venice for more than 20 years, examines Venetian Colour in terms of woven fabrics, master paintings and glass where he discusses sandwich glass, millefiori glass (think of a paperweight where a glass flower garden lies beneath the dome and you've got it), chalcedony glass with its mysterious swirls, similar to 1920s 'cloud glass' and latticino enamelled glass.