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Venini & Co. (Italy)
Venini & Co. (Italy)

Beginning in the 1930s — and throughout the postwar years especially — Venini & Co. played a leading role in the revival of Italy’s high-end glass industry, pairing innovative modernist designers with the skilled artisans in the centuries-old glass workshops on the Venetian island of Murano. While the company’s founder, Paolo Venini (1895–1959), was himself a highly talented glassware designer, his true genius was to invite forward-thinking Italian and international designers to Murano’s hallowed workshops to create Venini pieces — among them Giò Ponti, Massimo Vignelli, Finnish designer Tapio Wirkkala, Thomas Stearnsof the United States and Fulvio Bianconi.

Paolo Venini trained and practiced as a lawyer for a time, though his family had been involved with glassmaking for generations. After initially buying a share in a Venetian glass firm, he took over the company as his own in 1925, and under his direction it produced mainly classical Baroque designs. In 1932, he hired the young Carlo Scarpa— who would later distinguish himself as an architect — as his lead designer. Scarpa, working in concert with practiced glass artisans, completely modernized Venini, introducing simple, pared-down forms; bright primary colors; and bold patterns such as stripes, banding and abstract compositions that utilized cross sections of murrine (glass rods).

Paolo Venini’s best designs are thought to be his two-color Clessidre hourglasses, produced from 1957 onward, and the Fazzoletto (“handkerchief”) vase, designed with Bianconi in 1949. Bianconi’s masterworks are considered by many to be his Pezzato works — colorful vases with patterns that resemble those of a patchwork quilt. Other noteworthy and highly collectible vintage Venini works include Ponti’s dual-tone stoppered bottles (circa 1948); rare glass sculptures from the Doge series by Stearns, the first American to design for the firm; Vignelli’s striped lanterns of the 1960s; the Occhi vases with eyelet-shaped patterns by Tobia Scarpa (son of Carlo); and, with their almost zen purity, the Bolle (“bubbles”) bottles designed by Wirkkala in 1968. 

With these works — and many others by some of the creative titans of the 20th and 21st century — Venini has produced one of the truly great bodies of work in modern design.

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Venini Rare Hand-Blown Glass Floor Lamp, ca 1960
By Venini, Fulvio Bianconi
Located in New York, NY
Floor lamp in hand-blown glass with stacked alternating yellow and gray glass pieces by Fulvio Bianconi for Venini, Murano Italy, ca 1960. This color combination is extremely rare. A...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

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Murano Glass

Clessidra Hourglass, Paolo Venini, Venini Murano 'Italy'
By Venini, Paolo Venini
Located in Brussels, BE
The hourglasses designed by Paolo Venini in 1957 were exhibited at the Triennale di Milano the same year. This piece is a large and rare model. The two parts have a conical shape a...
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

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Blown Glass

Venini Fragments Small Wall Light in Blue and Green by Fernando & Humberto Campa
By Campana Brothers, Venini
Located in New York, NY
Fragments applique giant wall sconce, designed by Fernando & Humberto Campana and manufactured by Venini, is made of scraps and pieces of Venini glass. Every lamp is a unique art pie...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Glass

Italian Chandelier Venini Pendant in Irridescent White Glass
By Venini
Located in Milano, IT
Magnificent Venini pendant in irridescent glass from the 1940s. The pendant is made of 9 segments in irradiated glass, inside each segment there are beautiful grooves where the ligh...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

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Brass

Decorative Glass Box with Murrine Lid, Ludovico Diaz de Santillana Venini Murano
By Venini, Ludovico Diaz de Santillana
Located in Brussels, BE
Pretty and rare decorative box or candy box in transparent straw-colored glass topped with a lid with delicate murrine work in coral tones. The design of the murrine imagined by Lu...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

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Blown Glass

Venini Murano Jade Green White Micro Ribbons Italian Art Glass Bowl Dish Set
By Venini, Paolo Venini, Fulvio Bianconi
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Priced Per Set (3 sets available). Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown jade green and white micro thread Zanfirico ribbons Italian art glass bowl and dish set. Signed "Venini Italia"...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Venini

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

1950's Venini Chandelier
By Venini
Located in Melbourne, VIC
Large 4 tier Murano chandelier, Circa 1950 Italy.
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Mid-19th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Antique Venini

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Murano Glass

Magnificent Murano Blown Glass Chandelier by Venini with Red Accent, 1920s
By Venini
Located in New York, NY
VENINI A stunning early Venini Murano blown glass ten branch chandelier. In fine straw glass with delicate ruby red edging, Italy, late 1920s. Dimensions: 54 Diameter x 50 H Can be m...
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1920s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

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Blown Glass

Venini Large Chandelier Iced Textured Clear Glass Five Tiers 1960s Murano, Italy
By Venini, Toni Zuccheri
Located in Antwerp, BE
A very rare set of three large 1960s Italian clear structure iced Murano glass chandeliers designed by Toni Zuccheri for Venini, 1960s, Italy. The skeleton interior and hardware is w...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

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Metal

Pezzato Vase 'Model 4393', Fulvio Bianconi, Venini Murano 'Italy'
By Venini, Fulvio Bianconi
Located in Brussels, BE
This oval and irregular "carrot" shaped vase is composed of blown glass tesserae in straw color, aqua navy blue, dark gray and black. A rare color variant for the Pezzati series. T...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

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Blown Glass

Macchie Vase 'Model 4321', Fulvio Bianconi, Venini Murano, 'Italy'
By Fulvio Bianconi, Venini
Located in Brussels, BE
Vase in thick transparent glass, one side of the vase decorated with a "stain" forming an abstract design (macchie means stain in Italian), this stain is dark in color, on the other ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

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Blown Glass

Vase Pezzame 'or a Spicchi' 'Model Number 4316', Fulvio Bianconi, Venini Murano
By Venini, Fulvio Bianconi
Located in Brussels, BE
Vase in thick transparent glass, one side of the vase decorated with a "stain" forming an abstract design (macchie means stain in Italian), this stain is dark in color, on the other ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

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Blown Glass

Large Venini Glass Pendant
By Venini, Massimo Vignelli
Located in Dronten, NL
Italian Murano glass pendant, original example with brass hardware, circa 1955. Great typical 1950s orange color. Multi-layered glass in Sommerso technique.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

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Brass

Paolo Venini Inciso Bowl
By Venini
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A vibrant Acid Green color enhances the inciso technique.
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1950s Italian Vintage Venini

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Glass

Set of Three Gold-Plated Piramide Venini Style Flush Mounts, 1970s, Italy
By Venini
Located in Rijssen, NL
An exceptional set of three gold-plated Venini flush mounts with faceted clear crystal tubes of Murano glass. Modulated in the form of a pyramid. The flush mounts are designed and pr...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Venini

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Gold Plate, Chrome

Set of Seven Sconces in Murano Glass Toni Zuccheri for Venini, Italy, 1960s
By Venini, Toni Zuccheri
Located in Rome, IT
Set of seven wall sconces applique in murano glass with blue details by Toni Zuccheri for Venini. Made in Italy in the 1960s. The sconces come in three different dimensions: three ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

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Metal

Toni Zuccheri for Venini Italian Midcentury Chandelier
By Venini, Toni Zuccheri
Located in bari, IT
Toni Zuccheri for Venini Italian midcentury chandelier in Murano glass from the 1950s.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

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Murano Glass

Square Mid-Century Modern White Murano Glass Wall Sconces, Signed Venini, 1970s
By Venini
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of large Mid-Century Modern translucent white Murano glass wall sconces, signed by Venini; Italy, Murano, 1970s. Embossed milk Murano glass with a square shape. Brass mounts....
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

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Brass

Large Mid-Century Murano Glass Chandelier By Toni Zuccheri For Venini
By Seguso, Paolo Venini, Salviati, Venini, Toni Zuccheri
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning large mid-century clear Murano glass chandelier by Toni Zuccheri for Venini. This beautiful Murano glass chandelier is comprised of unusually shaped glass on a steel frame. ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Venini 24 Karat Gold Inclused Sphere Glass Egg Paperweight
By Venini
Located in New York, NY
Italian handblown glass egg paperweight sculpture. 24-karat gold orb inclusion with lucite stand, Engraved signature on bottom, Venini, Italia. Glass egg without stand measures 2.5 ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Venini

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Art Glass

Monumental Venini Polyhedral Murano Glass Chandelier
By Venini, Paolo Venini, Fulvio Bianconi & Paolo Venini, Toni Zuccheri
Located in Houston, TX
Chic Venini Murano glass chandelier with individually hung hand blown polyhedron clear glass shades. This Murano chandelier is newly wired for the U.S. market. Measures: Glass porti...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

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Murano Glass

Round Venini Style Big Drops Gold Structure Chandelier Italian Design, 1960s
By Venini
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Round Venini big drops gold structure chandelier Italian Design, 1960s.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini

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Gold Plate

Venini Ando Time Hourglass in Pink and Red by Tadao Ando
By Tadao Ando, Venini
Located in New York, NY
Ando Time Hourglass, designed by Tadao Ando and manufactured by Venini, is a limited edition of 49 art pieces (per color) plus an additional 20 P.d.A. artist's proof. "Architecture i...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Glass

Space Age Italian Glass and Chrome Pendant by Venini, circa 1965
By Venini
Located in Aci Castello, IT
Huge Space Age Italian Venini pendant, glass is in perfect condition, chromium part has some rust as shown in the photos. It works with both 110 and 220 Volts and need regular e27 b...
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1960s Italian Space Age Vintage Venini

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Chrome

Pair of Modern Murano Glass Table Lamps by Ettore Sottsass for Venini, Signed
By Ettore Sottsass, Venini
Located in Merida, Yucatan
Beautiful pair of table lamps in orange and green hand-blown Murano glass. Designed by Ettore Sottsass for Venini and manufactured in 1994. The glass shade is signed "Venini ". We...
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1990s Italian Modern Venini

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Murano Glass

Treccia Twisted Murano Glass Picture Frame by Venini
By Toni Zuccheri, Barovier, Venini, Paolo Venini, Barovier&Toso
Located in Houston, TX
Stunning Treccia or torchon twisted Murano glass and bronze photo frame by Venini. This vintage clear Italian Murano glass picture frame dates to the 1940s.
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1940s Italian Art Deco Vintage Venini

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Venini Opalino Small Vase in Amber Murano Glass
By Venini
Located in New York, NY
Opalino small vase in Amber Murano glass by Venini. The Opalino vase is all about sophisticated and unique colors, thanks to the use of the traditional Opalino technique. This method...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Murano Glass

Venini Monofiore Balloton Extra Large Vase in Amber Murano Glass
By Venini
Located in New York, NY
Monofiore Balloton extra large vase in Amber Murano glass by Venini. It looks soft, but it’s not; it’s glass. The optical illusion of Monofiori by Venini from 1970 lies in its name: ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Murano Glass

Venini Idria Large Vase in Horizon Murano Glass
By Venini
Located in New York, NY
Idria large vase in horizon Murano glass by Venini. The ancient Greek water vessel sheds its skin, as terracotta gives way to glass, thanks to Venini. Its design speaks of bygone day...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Murano Glass

Venini Fazzoletto Opalino Small Vase in Horizon Murano Glass
By Venini, Fulvio Bianconi, Paolo Venini
Located in New York, NY
Fazzoletto Opalino small vase in amber Murano glass by Fulvio Bianconi and Paolo Venini. An exclusive new take on the Opalini technique from the 15th century makes its color unique. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Murano Glass

Venini Fazzoletto Opalino Medium Vase in Amber Murano Glass
By Paolo Venini, Venini, Fulvio Bianconi
Located in New York, NY
Fazzoletto Opalino medium vase in amber Murano glass by Fulvio Bianconi and Paolo Venini. An exclusive new take on the Opalini technique from the 15th century makes its color unique....
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Murano Glass

Venini Circo Di Lune Red Sculpture by Monica Guggisberg & Philip Baldwin
By Monica Guggisberg & Philip Baldwin, Venini
Located in New York, NY
Venini Circo Di Lune sculpture by Monica Guggisberg & Philip Baldwin. Limited edition in 99 art-pieces for each color. Sculptures made up of spherical elements (transparent, cut, or ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Metal

Venini Poliedri Sfera Large Murano Glass Chandelier
By Peter Marino, Venini
Located in New York, NY
Venini Poliedri Sfera large Murano glass chandelier. Modular elements are elements in glass, which are hand blown and handcrafted, and used to compose the chandeliers. The modular el...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Murano Glass

Peter Marino Cilindro Large Pendant in Crystal and Black Murano Glass
By Peter Marino, Venini
Located in New York, NY
Cilindro Murano glass large pendant in crystal with black bands by Peter Marino for Venini. Bold shades of black blend together with the hues of crystal or tea of the cylindrical sha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Murano Glass

Peter Marino Cilindro Small Pendant in Crystal and Black Murano Glass
By Peter Marino, Venini
Located in New York, NY
Cilindro Murano glass small pendant in crystal with black bands by Peter Marino for Venini. Bold shades of black blend together with the hues of crystal or tea of the cylindrical sha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Murano Glass

Venini Poliedri Sfera Small Murano Glass Chandelier
By Peter Marino, Venini
Located in New York, NY
Venini Poliedri Sfera small Murano glass chandelier. Modular elements are elements in glass, which are hand-blown and handcrafted, and used to compose the chandeliers. The modular el...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Murano Glass

Venini Monofiore Balloton Vase in Amber Murano Glass
By Venini
Located in New York, NY
Monofiore Balloton small vase in amber Murano glass by Venini. Monofiori breaks with tradition in 1970 and then does it again in 2016. But its essence remains the same: it looks soft...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Murano Glass

Venini Fazzoletto Bicolore Small Vase in Horizon and Amber Murano Glass
By Paolo Venini, Fulvio Bianconi, Venini
Located in New York, NY
Fazzoletto Bicolore small vase in horizon and amber Murano glass by Fulvio Bianconi and Paolo Venini. An exclusive new take on the Opalini technique from the 15th century makes its c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Murano Glass

Venini Tiara Small Vase in Horizon and Amber Murano Glass
By Francesco Lucchese, Venini
Located in New York, NY
Tiara small vase in horizon and amber Murano glass by Francesco Lucchese for Venini. The art of glassmaking meets the endless potential of light. A jewel-like creation that carries a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Murano Glass

Venini Tiara Large Vase in Horizon and Amber Murano Glass
By Francesco Lucchese, Venini
Located in New York, NY
Tiara large vase in horizon and amber Murano glass by Francesco Lucchese for Venini. The art of glassmaking meets the endless potential of light. A jewel-like creation that carries a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Murano Glass

Venini Fazzoletto Bicolore Small Vase in Amber and Horizon Murano Glass
By Paolo Venini, Fulvio Bianconi, Venini
Located in New York, NY
Fazzoletto Bicolore Small Vase in Amber and Horizon Murano Glass by Fulvio Bianconi and Paolo Venini. An exclusive new take on the Opalini technique from the 15th century makes its c...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Murano Glass

Venini Clessidra Hourglass in Grape and Pink Murano Glass
By Paolo Venini, Venini
Located in New York, NY
Clessidra hourglass in grape and pink Murano glass by Paolo Venini and Riedizione. Limited edition in 99 art pieces each. Little grains of sand, impalpable and unnoticeable as a whol...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Murano Glass

Peter Marino Rotondo Small Ceiling Lamp in Crystal, Tea and Black Murano Glass
By Venini, Peter Marino
Located in New York, NY
Rotondo Murano glass small ceiling lamp in crystal with black and tea bands by Peter Marino for Venini. Bold shades of black blend together with the hues of crystal or tea of the sph...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Murano Glass

Venini Clessidra Hourglass in Amber and Pink Murano Glass
By Paolo Venini, Venini
Located in New York, NY
Clessidra hourglass in grape and pink Murano glass by Paolo Venini and Riedizione. Limited edition in 99 art pieces each. Little grains of sand, impalpable and unnoticeable as a whol...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Murano Glass

Venini Opalino Large Vase in Amber Murano Glass
By Venini
Located in New York, NY
Opalino large vase in amber Murano glass by Venini. The Opalino vase is all about sophisticated and unique colors, thanks to the use of the traditional Opalino technique. This method...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Murano Glass

Venini Fazzoletto Opalino Large Vase in Horizon Murano Glass
By Paolo Venini, Fulvio Bianconi, Venini
Located in New York, NY
Fazzoletto Opalino Large Vase in Amber Murano Glass by Fulvio Bianconi and Paolo Venini. An exclusive new take on the Opalini technique from the 15th century makes its color unique. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Murano Glass

Tobia Scarpa Battuti Vase in Amber Murano Glass
By Tobia Scarpa, Venini, Ludovico Diaz de Santillana
Located in New York, NY
Battuti vase in Amber Murano glass by Tobia Scarpa and Ludovico Diaz De Santillana for Venini. It evokes a lily standing tall, in tones of Amber and Grape. Its translucent appearance...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Murano Glass

Venini Satin Medium Vase in Horizon Crystal Murano Glass
By Venini
Located in New York, NY
Satin medium vase in glazed horizon/crystal Murano glass by Venini. Sheer glass is hand blown and crafted by the master glassblowers using the sophisticated Satinatura technique, whi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Murano Glass

Venini Idria Medium Vase in Amber Murano Glass
By Venini
Located in New York, NY
Idria medium vase in Amber Murano glass by Venini. The Ancient Greek water vessel sheds its skin, as terracotta gives way to glass, thanks to Venini. Its design speaks of bygone days...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Murano Glass

Venini Tiara Small Vase in Amber and Horizon Murano Glass
By Francesco Lucchese, Venini
Located in New York, NY
Tiara small vase in amber and horizon Murano glass by Francesco Lucchese for Venini. The art of glassmaking meets the endless potential of light. A jewel-like creation that carries a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Murano Glass

Venini Idria Medium Vase in Horizon Murano Glass
By Venini
Located in New York, NY
Idria medium vase in horizon Murano glass by Venini. The Ancient Greek water vessel sheds its skin, as terracotta gives way to glass, thanks to Venini. Its design speaks of bygone da...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Murano Glass

Peter Marino Cilindro Medium Pendant in Crystal and Black Murano Glass
By Peter Marino, Venini
Located in New York, NY
Cilindro Murano glass medium pendant in crystal with black bands by Peter Marino for Venini. Bold shades of black blend together with the hues of crystal or tea of the cylindrical sh...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Murano Glass

Peter Marino Cilindro Large Pendant in Crystal and Black Murano Glass
By Venini, Peter Marino
Located in New York, NY
Cilindro Murano glass large pendant in crystal with black bands by Peter Marino for Venini. Bold shades of black blend together with the hues of crystal or tea of the cylindrical sha...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Murano Glass

Venini Fazzoletto Opaline Large Vase in Amber Murano Glass
By Fulvio Bianconi, Venini, Paolo Venini
Located in New York, NY
Fazzoletto Opaline large vase in amber Murano glass by Fulvio Bianconi and Paolo Venini. An exclusive new take on the Opalini technique from the 15th century makes its color unique. ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Murano Glass

Venini Geodi Vase in Horizon and Pink Murano Glass by Sonia Pedrazzini
By Venini, Sonia Pedrazzini
Located in New York, NY
Geodi vase in Horizon and pink Murano glass by Sonia Pedrazzini for Venini. Limited edition in 99 art pieces each. Additional information: Material: Murano glass Color: Horizon ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Murano Glass

Venini Satin Large Vase in Horizon Crystal Murano Glass
By Venini
Located in New York, NY
Satin large vase in glazed horizon/crystal Murano glass by Venini. Sheer glass is hand blown and crafted by the master glassblowers using the sophisticated Satinatura technique, whic...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Murano Glass

Venini Idria Small Vase in Horizon Murano Glass
By Venini
Located in New York, NY
Idria small vase in horizon Murano glass by Venini. The Ancient Greek water vessel sheds its skin, as terracotta gives way to glass, thanks to Venini. Its design speaks of bygone day...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Murano Glass

Venini Opalino Medium Vase in Amber Murano Glass
By Venini
Located in New York, NY
Opalino Medium Vase in Amber Murano Glass by Venini. The Opalino vase is all about sophisticated and unique colors, thanks to the use of the traditional Opalino technique. This metho...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Venini

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Murano Glass