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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 Bianconi Murano Yellow Zanfirico Ribbon Italian Art Glass Fazzoletto Vase
By Paolo Venini, Fulvio Bianconi, Venini
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful, rare and large Murano hand blown yellow, white and dark purple Zanfirico ribbons Italian art glass fazzoletto vase. Documented to designers Paolo Venini and Fulvio Biancon...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Venini Centerpieces

Materials

Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Glass

Venini Centerpiece Murano Glass, 1950, Italy
By Venini
Located in Milano, IT
Venini centerpiece Murano glass, 1950, Italy.
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1950s Italian Other Vintage Venini Centerpieces

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Murano Glass

Vintage Venini Pair of Crystal Murano Glass Vases with Black and White Murrine
By Venini
Located in New York, NY
Rare Italian pair of 1950s vases signed Venini Murano, mouth-blown in crystal clear Murano glass of organic conical shape, decorated with a black spiraling line highlighting white mu...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Venini Centerpieces

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Art Glass, Murrine, Murano Glass

Venini Murano Glass Centerpiece Handkerchief “Filigrana”, 1955, Italy
By Venini
Located in Milano, IT
Venini Murano glass centerpiece handkerchief “Filigrana”, 1955, Italy.
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1950s Italian Other Vintage Venini Centerpieces

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Murano Glass

Three 1950s Venini Spiraling Obelisks
By Venini
Located in New York, NY
A set of three spiraling clear-glass obelisks with red flame-like intrusions by Venini. All bearing faint acid-etched stamps that date them to the 1950s. They are 17, 14 1/4, and 14...
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1950s Italian Modern Vintage Venini Centerpieces

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Glass

Midcentury Black Vase Sergio Asti Style for Venini Blown Murano Glass
By Sergio Asti, Venini
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Black vase Sergio Asti style for Venini in blown Murano glass, circa 1960s. Measure cm: H 28 Diameter 30.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini Centerpieces

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Murano Glass

Mid-Century Modern Venini Centerpiece Murano Black Glass Layered Glass White
By Venini
Located in Vigonza, Padua
Mid-Century Modern Venini centerpiece Murano black glass, layered glass white the two little. Big one measure cm: H 7 Diam. 47 thickness 6mm Little one measure cm: H 3.8 Diam. ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini Centerpieces

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Murano Glass

Signed Venini Murano Blue Birds Doves Designed by Tyra Lundgren
By Venini
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Designed by Tyra Lundgren circa 1930s, this signed pair of whimsical full sized doves was made by Venini in Murano, Italy. The pair are well proportioned, each one unique in design i...
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1930s Italian Vintage Venini Centerpieces

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Art Glass

Rare "Inciso" Bowl by Paolo Venini for Venini
By Paolo Venini, Venini
Located in Milan, IT
Marvellous "Inciso" bowl by Paolo Venini for Venini. Signed with three-line acid stamp to underside: Venini Murano Italia. Another piece available from the same "Inciso" collection.
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1950s Italian Vintage Venini Centerpieces

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Murano Glass

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Archimede Seguso Murano Purple White Zanfirico Ribbons Italian Art Glass Vase
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Venini Murano Signed Red Fingers Rim Italian Art Glass Sculptural Flower Vase
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Murano Blue White Zanfirico Ribbons Italian Art Glass Specimen Flower Vase
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Venini Murano Glass Centerpiece or Decotative Plate, Italy, 1989
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Signed Venini, Modernist Murano Bowl, Italy, 1980
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Located in Norwalk, CT
Beautiful color and form, super quality glass. Incised signature on underside: Venini, Italia. 10" Diameter, 2.5" height.
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  • Venini Pair of Diamante Ornaments
  • Venini Pair of Diamante Ornaments
  • Venini Pair of Diamante Ornaments
  • Venini Pair of Diamante Ornaments
H 18 in. W 7 in. D 4.25 in.