Beaded Fringe Sample Card

Object Name: 
Beaded Fringe Sample Card

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Object Name: 
Beaded Fringe Sample Card
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Accession Number: 
Overall W: 42.4 cm, D: 24.5 cm
Not on Display
about 1902-1925
Web Description: 
The Grilli archive of decorative beaded fringes consists of 100 paper sample cards with numbered designs, floral and geometric, made of multicolored strung beads attached to each card. Most cards have two or three samples of beaded fringes on them, although some cards have as many as eight samples. The Casa G. Grilli, founded in 1902, billed itself as the “leading maker of fringes, flowers, leaves, and fantasies in beads.” The showroom and warehouse were located in an old palazzo in the Castello neighborhood of Venice (the building is now the Hotel Ca’Bauta). The sample cards probably came from the company’s “samples room,” photographs of which appear in an illustrated brochure published by Grilli in 1925. The workshops where the glass beads were made were located on the mainland, in Dolo, Oriago, Carpané, and Mestre. Grilli exported its products throughout Europe and to the United States, where beaded fringes were fashionable for lampshades and ladies’ fashions in the first decades of the 20th century. This archive serves as a record of the inventiveness and talent of women beadworkers in Venice in the early 20th century. The Grilli archive may be counted among the many archives of glass products that have been steadily disappearing from Venice over the past 25 years, and the acquisition of this archive gives the Museum an opportunity to preserve something of Venice’s extraordinary beadmaking heritage. Signed: most of the cards have the ink stamp “G. Grilli/Venezia.” The collection is accompanied by the illustrated brochure on the Casa G. Grilli.
DeCarlo, Giacomo, Source
192 / 180 / 259 / 008 / 207 / 274
Pen backing
1 / 59
Pen backing
Stamped backing
Primary Description: 
Glass beads, paper, linen ribbon, string, adhesive; assembled. Paper card with red striped border around edges. Sewn on card are 6 beaded fringe samples; bottom edges of samples glued to card. Top two samples have floral motif; center and bottom three samples have geometric pattern. Sample numbers from left to right/top to bottom are "192", "180", "259", "008", "207", "274". At middle left is oval greenish-blue stamp reading "G. GRILLI / VENEZIA". The numbers "1" and "59" are stenciled in black on either side of center sample.
The Corning Museum of Glass: Notable Acquisitions 2010 (2011) pp. 48-49, #32; BIB# AI86878