Italian and Murano


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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Large Art Glass Vase - Antica Murrina Veneziana c1985

Large Art Glass Vase - Antica Murrina Veneziana c1985

Large Art Glass Vase - Antica Murrina Veneziana c1985

£240.00

A Seguso Sommerso  Bottle Vase 1998

A Seguso Sommerso Bottle Vase 1998

A Seguso Sommerso Vase 1998

£190.00

A Tall Formia Murano Sapphire Blue Trail Over Amethyst Vase 2008

A Tall Formia Murano Sapphire Blue Trail Over Amethyst Vase 2008

A Tall Formia Murano Sapphire Blue Trail Over Amethyst Vase 2008

£325.00

Murano Alessandro Mandruzzato Sommerso Goccia Vase

Murano Alessandro Mandruzzato Sommerso Goccia Vase

Murano Alessandro Mandruzzato Sommerso Goccia Vase

£110.00

Murano Crimson In Clear Millefiori Cane Vase c1950

Murano Crimson In Clear Millefiori Cane Vase c1950

Murano Crimson In Clear Millefiori Cane Vase c1950

£190.00

Murano Vetro A Fili Vase

Murano Vetro A Fili Vase

Murano Vetro A Fili Vase

£225.00

Italian Mezza Filigrana Fazzaletto Vase - 20th century

Italian Mezza Filigrana Fazzaletto Vase - 20th century

Italian Mezza Filigrana Fazzaletto Vase

£425.00

A Salviati Art Glass Vase 2001

A Salviati Art Glass Vase 2001

A Salviati Art Glass Vase 2001

£725.00

A Ballarin Murano Canne Glass Bowl c2000

A Ballarin Murano Canne Glass Bowl c2000

A Ballarin Murano Canne Glass Bowl c2000

£130.00

Murano Glass Aquarium Sculpture c1975

Murano Glass Aquarium Sculpture c1975

Murano Glass Aquarium Sculpture c1975

£575.00

An Empoli Tuscny Glass Bowl c1975

An Empoli Tuscny Glass Bowl c1975

An Empoli Tuscny Glass Bowl c1975

£180.00

A Salviati & Co Zanfirico Filigrana Bowl And Dish c1920

A Salviati & Co Zanfirico Filigrana Bowl And Dish c1920

A Salviati zanfirico bowl and plate from c1920. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£120.00

An Imposing Mario Badioli Millefiori Vase c1995

An Imposing Mario Badioli Millefiori Vase c1995

An Imposing Murano Millefiori Vase c1995

£575.00

 Murano Sommerso Vase c1980

Murano Sommerso Vase c1980

Murano Sommerso Vasec1980

£145.00

Two Murano Handkerchief Vases

Two Murano Handkerchief Vases

Two Murano Handkerchief Vases

£120.00

Signed Carlo Moretti Bowl And Metal Stand c1985

Signed Carlo Moretti Bowl And Metal Stand c1985

Moretti founded his own company in 1958 with his brother Giovanni. Born in Murano he decided to become a lawyer before realising his destiny. The Murano glass master passed away in 2008. This was designed in 1982/3 and manufactured between 1984 and 1988.

£475.00

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.

£85.00

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.

£185.00

 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.

£560.00

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

£1,650.00

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