Absolutely stunning in design, this hot-blown artisan Battal Balloon latern would make a show stopping centerpiece in any room of the house. The beautiful clear Venetian crystal is encased in a steel frame and handcrafted by glass masters on the world-famous glass-making island of Murano in the Venice lagoon. The glass is first hot-blown by the glass master, and then stamped with a special ‘baloton’ mould to create a raised criss-cross pattern on the glass. This is a very typical Venetian glass-making design which dates back as far as the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and is still very popular today. Fashioned entirely by hand, it is based on a historical design and has been crafted using purely traditional techniques.