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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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A Tall Salviati Venetian Millefiori Amphora Vase c1890

A Tall Salviati Venetian Millefiori Amphora Vase c1890

A Tall Salviati Venetian millefiori handled vase from c1890. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£275.00

A Murano Sommerso Apple Paperweight 1960's

A Murano Sommerso Apple Paperweight 1960's

A Murano sommerso apple paperweight from c1960. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£45.00

A Large Murano Bowl  With Murrines c1980

A Large Murano Bowl With Murrines c1980

A large Murano bowl possibly by Barovier from c 1980. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£125.00

A Murano Sommerso Bottle Vase with Air Bubble c1980

A Murano Sommerso Bottle Vase with Air Bubble c1980

A Murano sommerso bottle vase with air bubble from c1980. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£65.00

A Vetreria Three Fiori Murano Close Pack Millefiori Paperweight c1960

A Vetreria Three Fiori Murano Close Pack Millefiori Paperweight c1960

A Vetreria 3 Fiori Murano closepack millefiori paperweight from c 1960. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£90.00

An AVEM Fruitti Tutti Milefiori Paperweight c1960

An AVEM Fruitti Tutti Milefiori Paperweight c1960

An AVEM Fruitti Tutti Millefiori paperweight from c1960. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£90.00

A Fratelli Betti Empoli for Alrose Triple Cased Vase c1965

A Fratelli Betti Empoli for Alrose Triple Cased Vase c1965

A Fratelli Betti Empoli vase for Alrose

£65.00

An AVEM Arte  Vetraria Muranese Magnum Tutti Frutti Paperweight c1960

An AVEM Arte Vetraria Muranese Magnum Tutti Frutti Paperweight c1960

An AVEM magnum " Tutti Frutti " paperweight from c1960. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£95.00

A Carlo Nason Murano Art Glass Vase

A Carlo Nason Murano Art Glass Vase

The asymmetery gives this vase real life as you move past the piece. This was produced in Murano by C.Nason between 1981 and 1985 . On of the oldest names in glassmaking, born in 1935 Carlo has collaborated with the greatest designers of the 20th century

£275.00

Murano Glass Vase With Incalmo Rim c1960

Murano Glass Vase With Incalmo Rim c1960

This style always causes some speculation. In the absence of a signature we can almost certainly discount Venini who signed almost all their pieces.There is no evidence of a signature despite the wear on the underside of the foot. Scarpa, Cappellin and a

£145.00

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.

£275.00

Murano Art Glass Vase With Murrines and Aventurine

Murano Art Glass Vase With Murrines and Aventurine

Black glass mottled with white with murrines and aventurine cased in clear glass

£225.00

 Fulvio Bianconi and Paolo Venini Fazzoletto Vase c1955

Fulvio Bianconi and Paolo Venini Fazzoletto Vase c1955

A beautiful Paolo Venini Fazzaletto vase from c1955 in excellent condition. For more Italian art glass please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£650.00

A Fratelli Toso Magnum Paperweight c1960

A Fratelli Toso Magnum Paperweight c1960

A Fratelli Toso Paperweight from c1960. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£50.00

A Mandruzzato Pewter Sommerso Facet Cut Geometric Vase c1970

A Mandruzzato Pewter Sommerso Facet Cut Geometric Vase c1970

A Mandruzzato pewter sommerso facet cut geometric vase. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£75.00

A Signed Mandruzzato Sommerso Vase

A Signed Mandruzzato Sommerso Vase

Ovoid with a single panel cut into the thick glass wall. The cranberry coloured glass is partly encased within a thin layer of blue glass. This inturn is submerged within the thick clear glass walls. As a result the colours transition from cranberry to bl

£325.00

Two Blue & White Incamiciato Murano Glass Vases c1975

Two Blue & White Incamiciato Murano Glass Vases c1975

Two blue & white incamiciato Murano glass vases

£185.00

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.

£400.00

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

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

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

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.

£85.00

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.

£35.00

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

£1,215.00

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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