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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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A Salviati Millefiori Murrine Two Handled Flask c1950

A Salviati Millefiori Murrine Two Handled Flask c1950

A Salviati millefiori vase from c1950. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£170.00

A Murano Footed Bowl With Applied Fruits c1930

A Murano Footed Bowl With Applied Fruits c1930

A Murano glass bowl with lampwork glass applied fruits from c1935. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£225.00

Two Murano Handkerchief Vases

Two Murano Handkerchief Vases

Two Murano Handkerchief Vases

£120.00

A Pair Of Zanfirico Handkerchief Vases c1970

A Pair Of Zanfirico Handkerchief Vases c1970

A pair of zanfirico handkerchief vases from c1970. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£150.00

A Murano Five Row Concentric Paperweight c1960

A Murano Five Row Concentric Paperweight c1960

A Murano five row concentric paperweight from c1960. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£60.00

Alessandro Mandruzzato Sommerso Textured Ice Vase c1965

Alessandro Mandruzzato Sommerso Textured Ice Vase c1965

Alessandro Mandruzzato Sommerso Textured Ice Vase c1965

£160.00

A Vetreria Three Fiori Murano Close Pack Millefiori Paperweight c1960

A Vetreria Three Fiori Murano Close Pack Millefiori Paperweight c1960

A Vetreria Three Fiori Murano Close Pack Millefiori Paperweight c1960. Available from Scottish Antiques online store.

£80.00

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 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 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 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.

£250.00

 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

Murano Madruzzato Sommerso Vase c1975

Murano Madruzzato Sommerso Vase c1975

A very fine Murano sommerso vase from the 1970 in excellent condition. For more Italian art glass, including a wide range of Murano glassware, please visit Scottish Antiques online store.

£165.00

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

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

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

£950.00

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