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If ever a region was going to be recognised as a centre for the creation of decorative glassware produced to the most exacting of standards, then it was going to be Italy – and Venice in particular – home of some of the most exquisitely fabricated pieces borne from a 500 year history of expertise and craftsmanship.
Some notable producers of 20th century art glass can trace their roots back through the twists and turns of an industry dating to the renaissance, with Ercole Barovier being one such figure. While traditional Murano glass is perhaps known for its flamboyant form, with serpentine adornments and decorative threads approaching the fineness of filigree wirework and arabesques, more modern Italian Art Glass such as that created by workmen under Barovier’s stewardship shows more of a tendency towards stunning decoration being applied to surfaces rather than elaborate structure.
Zecchini, for instance, is renowned for his creation of “murrine” mosaic-like patterns on the sides of vases or the face of plates and dishes. Textured rather than simply flat surfaces were also explored, with “lenti” pieces using the lenticular nature of facetted glass to produce stunning refractive effects, and vases made to approximate wicker or basketweave cane patterns were also popular.
Vetri d’Arte and Salvati were the two firms who lead Italian glass production through the heady days of the 1930’s and beyond as the art glass movement gathered momentum. The use of distorted forms and shapes was their forte, but the use of surface decoration was also writ large in their portfolio, with the faces of many pieces assuming the role of canvases for the reproduction of extravagantly coloured designs encompassing the abstract and impressionistic aesthetic of mid-century modern art.
Post-war, Paolo Venini’s manufactory came to the fore, using innovative sommerso and inciso techniques to produce some stunning vases which gave the impression of being illuminated from inside. Similar methods were used by later designers such as Gio Ponti to produce pieces which featured the apparently seamless transition from one colour to another as their main facet – graduations which seemed to shift and flow depending on the perspective from which you looked at the piece. Such subtleties would, though, make an abrupt counterpoint to other more strident explorations of colour which tended towards modernistic, pop-art themes – brash stripes, patchworks, checkerboards and polkadots, and pieces made from compressed, coloured canes, interwoven broader strands and fused panels of smooth or textured glass.
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Salviati Vase Signed by Berit Johansson 1998

Salviati Vase Signed by Berit Johansson 1998

A beautiful Salviati vase designed by Berit Johansson 1998 in excellent condition. For more Italian art glass visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£425.00

An Oball Vetreria Artistica Sommerso Facet Cut Glass Bowl - c1980

An Oball Vetreria Artistica Sommerso Facet Cut Glass Bowl - c1980

An Oball Vetreria Artistica sommerso facet cut glass bowl -from c1980. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£125.00

A Murano Sommerso Facet Cut Bowl c1970

A Murano Sommerso Facet Cut Bowl c1970

A Murano sommerso facet cut bowl from c1970. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£75.00

A Pentagonal Murano Sommerso Vase c1970s

A Pentagonal Murano Sommerso Vase c1970s

Poli's incredibly clever use of colour is beautifully illustrated in this simple vase. The red interior seems to float within an amber skin that in turn floats in the clear outer vase.

£65.00

Signed Vetri Della Arte VEDAR Balloon Cocktail Glass c1925

Signed Vetri Della Arte VEDAR Balloon Cocktail Glass c1925

Vetri Della Arte ( VEDAR) coctail glass c1925, one of the finest expressions of deco glassware

£225.00

Very Tall Striking Murano Triple Cased Vase c1965

Very Tall Striking Murano Triple Cased Vase c1965

This is the most striking piece of Murano that we have seen for many years. The skill required to execute such a piece is nothing short of masterful. This is probably a Barovier aventurine glass vase

£375.00

Murano Glass Strata Vase

Murano Glass Strata Vase

A visually striking modern Murano vase. The colour graduation of red through white and back to red echoes natural sandstone strata.

£95.00

A Madruzzato Murano Sommerso Glass Vase c1965

A Madruzzato Murano Sommerso Glass Vase c1965

All that is sommerso is not Flavio Poli. This is one of the easier forms to positively identify

£120.00

Large Cenedese Murano Aquarium Block Sculpture c1955

Large Cenedese Murano Aquarium Block Sculpture c1955

algae. This may be left at home during summer holidays.

£625.00

A Madruzzato Somerso Three Colour Facet Cut Sommerso Vase c1960

A Madruzzato Somerso Three Colour Facet Cut Sommerso Vase c1960

A Madruzzato somerso tri colour facet cut vase c1960 available from Scottish Antiques online store

£135.00

An Incamiciato Vetrerie Artistische Cirillo Maschio Glassworks Vase Designed1934

An Incamiciato Vetrerie Artistische Cirillo Maschio Glassworks Vase Designed1934

A stunning Cirillo Maschio vase unbelievably elegant. Available from Scottish Antique online store. Art Deco Murano handblown deep rich red layered Italian art glass vase by Vetrerie Artistiche Cirilo Maschio Glassworks1934

£2,000.00

Murano Sommerso Trefoil Bowl c1955

Murano Sommerso Trefoil Bowl c1955

A beautifully crafted Murano sommerso bowl. Available from Scottish Antiques online store

£65.00

An Italian Murano Glass Cornucopia c1960

An Italian Murano Glass Cornucopia c1960

An Italian Murano Glass Cornucopia from c1960 with internal bubbles. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£110.00

 A Barovier & Toso Opalescent Ribbed Banana Bowl c1950

A Barovier & Toso Opalescent Ribbed Banana Bowl c1950

A stunning Barovier & Toso opalescent ribbed banana bowl from c1950. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£95.00

 A Murano Sommerso Vase c1980

A Murano Sommerso Vase c1980

A Murano Sommerso Vase from c1980. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£75.00

Barovier & Toso Aventurine Bullicante Bowl c1960

Barovier & Toso Aventurine Bullicante Bowl c1960

An aventurine bullicante bowl by Barovier & Toso in excellent condition c1960

£55.00

A Murano Chalice Vase With Clear Prunts

A Murano Chalice Vase With Clear Prunts

A Murano chalice with applied prunts made in the 20thC. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£45.00

A Murano Geode Uranium Cased Glass Bowl c1950

A Murano Geode Uranium Cased Glass Bowl c1950

A magical Murano sommerso uranium cased glass bowl from the 1950's. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£90.00

An Italian Yellow Bullicante Vase c1950

An Italian Yellow Bullicante Vase c1950

A rare Italian yellow bullicante vase from c1950. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£80.00

Murano Sommerso Glass Jug c1980

Murano Sommerso Glass Jug c1980

This fine Murano glass vase can be seen in fine detail alongside our wide range of art glass vases on our scottishantiques.com online store

£65.00

A Barovier & Toso Opalescent Ribbed Fan Bowl With Aventurine c1950

A Barovier & Toso Opalescent Ribbed Fan Bowl With Aventurine c1950

A glorious Barovier & Toso opalescent ribbed fan bowl with aventurine from c1950. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£120.00

Fratelli Toso Spatter Glass Urn c1950

Fratelli Toso Spatter Glass Urn c1950

An unusual Fratelli Toso spatter glass urn from the middle of the 20th century. Available from Scottish Antiques online store

£45.00

A Barovier & Toso Bullicante Green Vase with Aventurine c1950

A Barovier & Toso Bullicante Green Vase with Aventurine c1950

A fabulous Barovier & Toso Bullicante vase with aventurine decorated lip and foot. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£85.00

An Arte Vetraria Muranese Tutti Frutti Basket c1950

An Arte Vetraria Muranese Tutti Frutti Basket c1950

A rare Arte Vetraria Muranese AVeM Tutti Frutti Basket from c1950. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£120.00

Alessandro Mandruzzato Sommerso Textured Ice Vase c1965

Alessandro Mandruzzato Sommerso Textured Ice Vase c1965

This attractive Murano vase can be seen in finer detail on out scottishantiques.com online store together with a wide range of art glass and antique vases and glassware.

£75.00

 V Nason Avventurina Trinket Box and Footed Vase c1980

V Nason Avventurina Trinket Box and Footed Vase c1980

A V Nason Avventurina trinket pot and footed vase from c1980. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£60.00

Murano Sommerso Vase c1980

Murano Sommerso Vase c1980

An attractive Murano Sommerso vase which can be found on our scottishantiques.com website alongside our wide range of Italian art glass and antique glassware

£50.00

An Arte Vetraria Muranese AVeM Tutti Frutti Bowl c1950

An Arte Vetraria Muranese AVeM Tutti Frutti Bowl c1950

An rare shaped Arte Vetraria Muranese AVeM Tutti Frutti Bowl from c1950. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£155.00

An Antonio Da Ros Bottle Vase -c1960

An Antonio Da Ros Bottle Vase -c1960

Antonio Da Ros Cenedese bottle vase from c1960. Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£135.00

Massimilano Schiavon Glass Bowl by Master Claudio Zama c2000

Massimilano Schiavon Glass Bowl by Master Claudio Zama c2000

A Massimilano Schiavon Glass vase by master blower Claudio Zama Murano from c 2000. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£625.00

Murano Polychrome Spatter Vase with Gold Aventurine c1960

Murano Polychrome Spatter Vase with Gold Aventurine c1960

A Murano polychrome spatter vase with gold aventurine from c1960. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£40.00

A Stefano Toso Murano Glass Sculpture

A Stefano Toso Murano Glass Sculpture

A unique Stefano Toso Murano glass sculpture from c1980. Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£300.00

A Signed Bottero Murano - Zanetti Glass Elephant on a Ball c1950

A Signed Bottero Murano - Zanetti Glass Elephant on a Ball c1950

A Signed Bottero Murano - Zanetti glass Elephant on a ballfrom c1950. Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£130.00

Rare Pair Large Alfredo Barbini Penguins c1960

Rare Pair Large Alfredo Barbini Penguins c1960

A rare pair of large Alfredo Barbini Penguins from c1960. Available from Scottish Antiques online store

£1,375.00

Sandro Frattin Signed Abstract Glass Head Sculpture Hommage to Picasso c1980

Sandro Frattin Signed Abstract Glass Head Sculpture Hommage to Picasso c1980

A fantastic Sandro Frattin signed abstract glass head sculpture in homage to Picasso from the 20thC. Available at Scottish Antiques online store

£525.00

Six Signed Vetri Della Arte  VEDAR Finger Bowls c1925

Six Signed Vetri Della Arte VEDAR Finger Bowls c1925

Five enameled signed Vetri Della Arte VEDAR finger bowls

£1,250.00

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