The Portraits of Luigi

Giusy frames the murrine by Luigi Moretti (1867-1946):

“Every portrait deserves the appropriate frame”

Luigi Moretti (1867-1946)

They first produced some geometric patterns, flowers and birds, before creating not only King Vittorio Emanuele II, King Umberto I, Giuseppe Garibaldi, Emperor Francis Joseph and William of Prussia, but also a self portrait, the Madonna, Pope Leo XIII and Christopher Columbus, created for the fourth centenary of the discovery of America.

Francis Joseph Emperor of Austria

Gold filigree earrings and pearls

Murrine depicting Franz Joseph, Emperor of Austria, executed by Vincenzo and Luigi Moretti in about 1888. 

Pope Leo XIII

Gold and Diamonds Earrings

Murrine depicting Pope Leo XIII, performed by Vincenzo and Luigi Moretti in about 1880.

Umberto I of Savoy

Brooch in 18Kt Gold

Sapphires and pearls, Murrina depicting Umberto di Savoia, executed in 1890 by Vincenzo & Luigi Moretti.

Currently belonging to a private collection

Vittorio Emanuele II

Pendant in 18Kt gold

Diamonds, Murrina depicting Vittorio Emanuele II, executed around 1890 by Vincenzo & Luigi Moretti.

The end of the pendant shows the “Savoia Node”

Umberto I of Savoy

Tie clip in Gold and Diamond

Murrina raffigurante Umberto di Savoia, eseguita da Vincenzo & Luigi Moretti nel 1890 circa.

Francis Joseph Emperor of Austria

Brooch in 18Kt gold and diamonds

Murrina depicting the Emperor Francesco Giuseppe, executed by Vincenzo & Luigi Moretti around 1890.

Giuseppe Garibaldi

Chevalier Ring in 18Kt Gold and Diamonds

Murrina depicting Giuseppe Garibaldi, executed around 1888 by Vincenzo & Luigi Moretti.

Christopher Columbus

Necklace in 18Kt Gold

24 brilliant cut diamonds, entirely handmade, medallion with Murrina depicting Christopher Columbus, executed by Luigi Moretti in 1892 on the occasion of the fourth centenary of the discovery of America. It was presented that same year in Chicago (USA) and used by the authorities as an official gift

One of these Murrina is currently exhibited at the Corning Museum of Glass, NY (USA)

Francis Joseph Emperor of Austria

White Gold Ring

Crystal of Rocca and Diamonds, Murrina representing Francesco Giuseppe, Emperor of Austria executed by Vincenzo & Luigi Moretti in 1888.

Umberto I of Savoy

Male Twins in Yellow Gold and Onyx

Murrine depicting Umberto I of Savoy, performed by Luigi Moretti in 1888.

Vincenzo Moretti

Yellow Gold Ring

Murrina representing Vincenzo Moretti.

Self-portrait performed in 1880.

Pope Leo XIII

White Gold and Onyx Ring

Diamonds, Murrina depicting Pope Leo XIII performed by Vincenzo & Luigi Moretti in about 1888

Portrait of Madonna

Necklace in yellow and white Gold

Brilliant cut diamonds and pearl. Murrina depicting the Madonna

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