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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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An Arte Vetraria Muranese AVeM Tutti Frutti Vase c1950

An Arte Vetraria Muranese AVeM Tutti Frutti Vase c1950

An Arte Vetraria Muranese AVeM Tutti Frutti Vase from c1950 with pie crust rim. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£90.00

A Pair of  Arte Vetraria Muranese AVeM Tutti Frutti Miniature Vases c1950

A Pair of Arte Vetraria Muranese AVeM Tutti Frutti Miniature Vases c1950

A super little pair of Arte Vetraria Muranese AVeM Tutti Frutti miniature vases from c1950. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£90.00

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.

£180.00

Venetian Hollow Stemmed Quilted Comport with Aventurine c1930

Venetian Hollow Stemmed Quilted Comport with Aventurine c1930

A beautifully made Venetian hollow stemmed quilted goglet with aventurine decoration. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£120.00

A Murano Footed Bowl With Lampwork Applied Fruits c1930

A Murano Footed Bowl With Lampwork Applied Fruits c1930

A Murano glass fruit bowl with lampwork glass applied fruits

£220.00

Blue Murano Controlled Bubble Vase with Applied Side Stripes

Blue Murano Controlled Bubble Vase with Applied Side Stripes

A stunning Murano vase with their celebrated controlled bubble technique enhanced with a pair of glass " arms ". Available at glass specialist Scottish Antiques online store.

£30.00

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.

£250.00

A Pair of Antique Salviati Latticino Face Bowls c1910

A Pair of Antique Salviati Latticino Face Bowls c1910

A pair of antique Salviati latticino face bowls from c1910. Available at Scottish Antiques online store

£125.00

Massimilano Schiavon Glass Bowl by Master Claudio Zama c 2000

Massimilano Schiavon Glass Bowl by Master Claudio Zama c 2000

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

£1,175.00

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.

£110.00

Murano Glass Red Millefiori Bottle Vase c1950

Murano Glass Red Millefiori Bottle Vase c1950

A Murano glass red millefiori bottle vase from c1950. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£70.00

A Large Murano Vase c1980

A Large Murano Vase c1980

A large Murano murrine vase, possibly by Toso or Barovier from c1980. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£325.00

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.

£380.00

A Sommerso Glass Vase - Flavio Poli for Seguso

A Sommerso Glass Vase - Flavio Poli for Seguso

A Sommerso glass vase, possibly by Flavio Poli for Seguso from 1950-60. Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£140.00

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.

£225.00

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

£1,500.00

Archimede Seguso Alabaster Glass Bear 1950-9

Archimede Seguso Alabaster Glass Bear 1950-9

An Archimede Seguso designed and manufactured alabaster glass bear from c 1950-9. Available at Scottish Antiques online store.

£180.00

Sandro Frattin Signed Abstract Glass Head Sculpture Homage to Picasso c1980

Sandro Frattin Signed Abstract Glass Head Sculpture Homage 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

£700.00

A Very Tall Murano Cased Glass Vase

A Very Tall Murano Cased Glass Vase

statement piece of glass, will create an exclamation mark in any room.

£60.00

Six Large Signed Vetri Della Arte VEDAR Coctail Glasses c1925

Six Large Signed Vetri Della Arte VEDAR Coctail Glasses c1925

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

£1,975.00

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

Murano Sommerso Vase c1980

Murano Sommerso Vase c1980

A Murano Sommerso Vase c.1980

£95.00

Arte Vetraria Muranese (AVeM) Glass Vase c1960

Arte Vetraria Muranese (AVeM) Glass Vase c1960

The name Tutti Frutti has been applied to these pieces post production. They were called "Bizantina" in trade publications.

£220.00

A Murano Sommerso Glass Vase

A Murano Sommerso Glass Vase

A Murano somerso vase probably by Seguso Vetri d'Arte-Flavio Poli.

£275.00

Salviati Murrine Glass Vase c1950

Salviati Murrine Glass Vase c1950

An elegant murrine glass vase for sale

£495.00

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