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Barovier & Toso

Italian

Partnerships come and go within the community of glass-making artisans on the Venetian island of Murano, where business relationships seem as complex as the shifting alliances in the notoriously acrimonious Italian parliament. Formed in 1942 by members of families with centuries of experience in the craft, Barovier, Toso & Co. has proven to be one of the most enduring and prosperous Italian glass manufactories of recent decades. Under the nearly 50-year artistic directorship of cofounder Ercole Barovier (1889–1974), the company created buoyant traditional pieces such as chandeliers and sconces, and it pioneered an array of innovative modernist designs with bold colors, patterns and surfaces.

To appeal to gentler, more conservative tastes, Barovier Toso produced a range of lilting, sinuous lighting pieces that are often described as embodying “Liberty Style” — the Italian term for Art Nouveau, taken from the name of the famed London department store that promoted 19th-century organic textile designs in the manner of William Morris. The hallmarks of the style in Barovier & Toso works are elements of glass in the shape of thick leaves, fronds and flower petals, deployed along with other naturalistic ornament in sconces, pendants and chandeliers.

Ercole Barovier began his personal aesthetic transition toward modernism in the 1930s with his Primavera series of vases and animal sculptures — idiosyncratic milky-white and clear glass filled with tiny bubbles and hairline interior fissures that he produced for Artisti Barovier, a firm headed by his father and uncle. Later, with Barovier Toso, he would explore such novel styles as the mosaic-like Pezatto glass; fluid Spiral patterns; the pebbly textured Barbarico line and the complex, layered and highly colored abstractions of the Oriente series of vases and bowls.

Traditional or modern, Barovier Toso — still under family control — has produced one of the finest and most diverse catalogues of Murano glass in the last 100 years.

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US$2,992
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1 of 3 Pairs of Wall Scones Barovier & Toso Gold Murano Glass, Italy, 1960
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the 3 pairs of gorgeous hand blown Murano glass Barovier & Toso wall scones with special gold inclusions. Each light fixture consists of one blown Murano glass leaf. Mounted on ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barovier & Toso

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Brass

Pair of Original Vintage Italian Sconces w/ Clear and White Murano Glasses c1960
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of original Vintage Italian sconces w/ clear and white murano glasses designed by Barovier e Toso, circa 1960s.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Barovier & Toso

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Murano Glass

Crown 7335 Suspension Lamp in Glass, by Brian Rasmussen from Barovier&Toso
By Brian Rasmussen, Barovier&Toso
Located in Venice, IT
Originally designed in 2017 by Brian Rasmussen, here you are shown the Crown 7335 Suspension Lamp in Crystal Glass and Painted Grey Finish. The pastoral is a full-glass decorative el...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Barovier & Toso

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Metal

Pink Midcentury Barovier Lamp with Green Silk Shade
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Fabulous pink Murano lamp by Barovier, late 1950s or early 1960s, gold curlee glass feet. Very stylish and chic. Want to see more beautiful things? Scroll down below and click "View ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Hollywood Regency Barovier & Toso

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Murano Glass

Barovier Murano Pink Gold Italian Art Glass Leaf Bowl Vide-Poche Flower Vase
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Priced per item (4 available). Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown, pink, gold flecks, flower bouquet Italian art glass leaf dishes with vase / holder. Documented to the Barovier e T...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barovier & Toso

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Gold Leaf

Pair of Murano Shell Door Handles by Barovier and Toso
By Barovier&Toso
Located in New York, NY
Pair of 1940s door handles by Barovier and Toso made in gold and white Murano glass. Condition: Good vintage condition, minor wear consistent with age and use Measures: Width 5...
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Barovier & Toso

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Murano Glass

1950s Barovier Toso Olive Grey White Murano Glass Floor Lamp on Round Brass Base
By Barovier&Toso
Located in New York, NY
An elegant vintage Italian floor lamp by Barovier e Toso. The organic design is very elegant with a grand overlaid white frosted bowl, diffusing the light, decorated with a textured ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Barovier & Toso

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Metal, Brass

Barovier Toso Murano Light Blue Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Bowl Ashtray
By Barovier&Toso, Ercole Barovier
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful and rare, vintage Murano hand blown light blue and gold flecks Italian art glass bowl with internal sticks and berries decoration. Documented to designer Ercole Barovier fo...
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Barovier & Toso

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Gold Leaf

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