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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 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.

£125.00

 A Murano Sommerso Vase c1980

A Murano Sommerso Vase c1980

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

£95.00

Salviati Latticino Maskhead Bowl c1910

Salviati Latticino Maskhead Bowl c1910

A stunning latticino face bowl by Salviati from c1910 in excellent condition

£75.00

Red Madruzzuto Sommerso Facet Cut Bowl c1965

Red Madruzzuto Sommerso Facet Cut Bowl c1965

A red Madruzzuto Sommerso facet cut diamond shaped dish in excellent condition

£140.00

Barovier & Toso Aventurine Bullicante Bowl c1960

Barovier & Toso Aventurine Bullicante Bowl c1960

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

£80.00

Pair of  Arte Vetraria Muranese AVeM Tutti Frutti Push Pull Door Handle Paperweights  c1950

Pair of Arte Vetraria Muranese AVeM Tutti Frutti Push Pull Door Handle Paperweights c1950

A pair of Arte Vetraria Muranese AVeM Tutti Frutti push pull door handle paperweights

£320.00

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.

£75.00

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.

£140.00

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.

£120.00

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

£180.00

An Arte Vetraria Muranese AVeM Tutti Frutti Bowl c1950

An Arte Vetraria Muranese AVeM Tutti Frutti Bowl c1950

A large Arte Vetraria Muranese AVeM Tutti Frutti Bowl from c1950. Available at Scottish Antiques online store

£120.00

A Madruzzato Faceted Murano Sommerso Glass Vase c1960

A Madruzzato Faceted Murano Sommerso Glass Vase c1960

This very fine Madruzzato Murano Sommerso vase can be found on our scottishantiques.com online store, here you will find a wide range of Italian art glassware

£120.00

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.

£150.00

A Vintage Carlo Moretti Murano Green Marbled  Bowl

A Vintage Carlo Moretti Murano Green Marbled Bowl

A vivd Carlo Moretti green glass bowl in his fabled marble pattern from the middle of the 20thC

£90.00

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

£50.00

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.

£120.00

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.

£175.00

An Arte Vetraria Muranese Tutti Frutti Bowl c1950

An Arte Vetraria Muranese Tutti Frutti Bowl c1950

An large Arte Vetraria Muranese AVeM Tutti Frutti bowl on a red ground from c1950. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£95.00

An  AVeM Tutti Frutti Bottle vase c1950

An AVeM Tutti Frutti Bottle vase c1950

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

£170.00

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.

£90.00

 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.

£110.00

A Large Cenedese Enamelled Charger c1975 With Original Label

A Large Cenedese Enamelled Charger c1975 With Original Label

A stunning large Cenedese enamelled red glass charger from c1975 with original label. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£325.00

A Fratelli Toso Murano Butterfly Bowl c1960

A Fratelli Toso Murano Butterfly Bowl c1960

An amazing Fratelli Toso butterfly bowl from c1950. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£120.00

An Arte Vetraria Muranese AVeM Tutti Frutti Vase c1950

An Arte Vetraria Muranese AVeM Tutti Frutti Vase c1950

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

£235.00

An Arte Vetraria Muranese AVeM Tutti Frutti Vase c1950

An Arte Vetraria Muranese AVeM Tutti Frutti Vase c1950

An Large Arte Vetraria Muranese AVeM Tutti Frutti Vase with a sweetheart neckline from c1950. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£240.00

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

£75.00

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

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

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

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.

£900.00

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.

£265.00

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

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