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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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Treccia Twisted Murano Glass Picture Frame by Venini
By Venini, Barovier, Barovier&Toso, Toni Zuccheri, Paolo Venini
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 Picture Frames

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Murano Photo Frame by Venini, 2 Available
By Venini
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Vintage photo frame in hand blown clear and amber Murano "Torciglione" glass border / Designed by Venini, circa 1960's / "Venini" mark on frame / Made in Italy Measures: Height 10 i...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Venini Picture Frames

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Brass

Murano Photo Frame by Venini, 2 Available
By Venini
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Vintage photo frame in hand blown clear and blue Murano "Torciglione" glass border / Designed by Venini circa 1960's / "Venini" mark on frame / Made in Italy Measures: Height: 10 i...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Venini Picture Frames

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Brass

Murano Photo Frame by Venini, 2 Available
By Venini
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Vintage photo frame in hand blown clear and turquoise Murano "Torciglione" glass border infused with gold / Designed by Venini circa 1960's / "Venini" mark on frame / Made in Italy ...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Venini Picture Frames

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Brass

Murano Photo Frame by Venini, 2 Available
By Venini
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Vintage photo frame in hand blown clear Murano "Torciglione" glass border infused with gold / Designed by Venini circa 1960's / "Venini" mark on frame / Made in Italy Measures: Hei...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Venini Picture Frames

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Brass

Murano Photo Frame by Venini
By Venini
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Vintage photo frame in hand blown Murano "Torciglione" glass border with red and yellow ribbons / Designed by Venini circa 1960's / "Venini" mark on frame / Made in Italy Measures:...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Venini Picture Frames

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Brass

Murano Photo Frame by Venini, 2 Available
By Venini
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Vintage photo frame in hand blown clear Murano "Torciglione" glass border infused with gold / Designed by Venini, circa 1960's / "Venini" mark on frame / Made in Italy Measures: Hei...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Venini Picture Frames

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Brass

Murano Photo Frame by Venini
By Venini
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Vintage photo frame in hand blown Murano "Torciglione" glass border with yellow and gold ribbons / Designed by Venini circa 1960's / "Venini" mark on frame / Made in Italy Measures...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Venini Picture Frames

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Brass

Venini Murano Blown Glass Light Blue Picture Frame, 1950
By Venini
Located in Rome, IT
Murano frame signed "Venini" in light blue glass and brass. It has a brass structure, with large square round shape edge in transparent light blue color glass. The glass edge is the...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini Picture Frames

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Brass

Venini 1970s Italian Vintage Amber Gold Murano Glass and Brass Photo Frame
By Venini
Located in New York, NY
A sophisticated Venetian modern design picture frame in thick blown amber gold Murano glass by Venini, signed piece. The elegant texture of the twisted glass frame in Torchon of high...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Venini Picture Frames

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Brass

Venini 1970s Italian Vintage Turquoise Blue and Gold Murano Glass Photo Frame
By Venini
Located in New York, NY
A sophisticated Venetian modern design picture frame in thick blown sky blue Murano glass by Venini, signed piece. The elegant texture of the twisted glass frame in Torchon of high q...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Venini Picture Frames

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Venini Glass Midcentury Picture Frame, Italy
By Venini
Located in Albano Laziale, Rome/Lazio
Classic picture frame with a rope design in glass and brass by famous glass producer Venini in Murano, Italy. Adorned with brass details. No cracks or chipping. Brass will be polishe...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Art Deco Venini Picture Frames

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Brass

Venini Murano Blown Green Glass Picture Frame, 1950
By Venini
Located in Rome, IT
Murano frame signed "Venini" in green glass and brass. It has a brass structure, with large square round shape edge in transparent green color glass. The glass edge is the Classic w...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini Picture Frames

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Brass

Venini Murano Blown Blue Glass Picture Frame, 1950
By Venini
Located in Rome, IT
Murano frame signed "Venini" in blue glass and brass. It has a brass structure, with large square round shape edge in transparent blue color glass. The glass edge is the Classic wor...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini Picture Frames

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Brass

Carlo Scarpa ‘Battuto’ Glass and Brass Picture Frame by Venini, Italy circa 1940
By Venini, Carlo Scarpa
Located in London, GB
A beautiful 1940s glass and brass picture frame designed by Carlo Scarpa for the prestigious Murano glass company, Venini. The glass frame is in the ‘battuto’ style, a French 18th ce...
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini Picture Frames

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Brass

Venini Picture Frame Murano Glass Brass, 1940, Italy
By Venini
Located in Milano, IT
Venini Porta Foto Murano glass brass, 1940, Italy.
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1940s Italian Other Vintage Venini Picture Frames

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Murano Glass

Murano Glass Picture Frame, Venini Furnace, Made in Italy 1980s Handmade
By Venini
Located in Pambio Noranco, CH
Beautiful Murano glass picture frame made by the famous Venini furnace in Murano, Italy. Venini is one of the most iconic and famous furnace in the world. Handmade, circa 1980s Ma...
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini Picture Frames

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Murano Glass

Murano Glass Oval Picture Frame, Venini Furnace, Made in Italy 1990s Handmade
By Venini
Located in Pambio Noranco, CH
Beautiful Murano glass picture frame made by the famous Venini furnace in Murano, Italy. Venini is one of the most iconic and famous furnace in the world. Handmade, circa 1990s Ma...
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1990s Italian Mid-Century Modern Venini Picture Frames

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Murano Glass

Venini Frame Lilac and Gold Colored Murano Glass, 1950, Italy
By Venini
Located in Milano, IT
Venini frame lilac and gold colored Murano glass, 1950, Italy.
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1950s Italian Other Vintage Venini Picture Frames

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Murano Glass

Picture Frame by Venini, Italy, circa 1937
By Venini
Located in New York, NY
Rectangular treccia (braided) clear glass frame with a patinated brass bracket. Measures: Height 10”, width 13”, depth 1.25” (8” standing).
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1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini Picture Frames

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Brass

Carlo Scarpa ‘Battuto’ Glass Picture Frame by Venini, Murano, circa 1940
By Venini, Carlo Scarpa
Located in London, GB
A particularly beautiful 1940s picture frame designed by Italian architect and designer Carlo Scarpa. Produced by the prestigious Muranese Company, Venini, this honey colored piece w...
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini Picture Frames

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Brass

Venini 'Torciglione' Murano Glass Photo Frame with Gold Flakes
By Venini
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
A signed Venini twisted rope or Torciglione glass photo/picture frame with gold flakes.   
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Venini Picture Frames

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Brass

Elegant Venini Murano Twisted Glass Rope Picture Frame, Italy, 1940s
By Venini
Located in Buenos Aires, Olivos
A beautiful Venetian picture frame made of clear "twisted rope" Murano glass and nice brass detailing. Executed by Venini Murano, Italy in the 1940s, signed.
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini Picture Frames

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Glass

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Venini Red and Clear Murano Glass Frame with Gold Inclusions
By Venini
Located in Troy, MI
Murano glass tabletop picture frame by Venini, circa 1940s. Heavy, clear ribbed glass cith deep red center and gold inclusions. Brass hardware - signed on frame support in back by Ve...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Venini Picture Frames

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Brass

Elegant Venini Twisted Murano Glass Rope Picture Frame, Italy, 1940s
By Venini
Located in Vienna, AT
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Venini 1970s Vintage Italian Green Filigrana Crystal Murano Glass Photo Frame
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Located in Los Angeles, CA
Venini table picture frame in glass and brass, Italy, 1940s with original 'easel' support. Rare heavy Murano Venini glass frame with incredible braided texture, brass accent.
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H 13 in. W 10.5 in. L 13 in.
Venini 'Torciglione' Murano Glass Photo Frame with Gold Flakes
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By Venini
Located in New York, NY
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