The revival of interest in Murano glass is associated with the name of Antonio Salviati (1819-1890). Curiously, Antonio Salviati had no experience in glass making. Born in Vicenza in northern Italy and trained as a lawyer, he started his own practice as a lawyer in Venice. His admiration for antique mosaics led to a serious passion for glass work. In 1859 he founded a new glass company on the island of Murano in collaboration with the experienced glass blower Lorenzo Radi (1803-1874). Using the experience of local glassmakers and the modern achievements of the chemical industry, his own artistic flair, connections and entrepreneurial skills, he was able to revive the production of Venetian glass.
The Salviati factory soon became known throughout Europe for the excellent quality of the smalt. And then Antonio expanded production and launched the production of fine art glassware in imitation of Venetian glass samples of the 16th-17th centuries. Salviati opened a firm in London and completed many commissions for mosaic work in public buildings, churches and cathedrals throughout Europe, including the restoration of the mosaics of the Venetian Cathedral of St. Mark, Cathedral of St. Paul, Westminster Abbey, etc.