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Artisti Barovier

Italian

The still-thriving glassworks known today as Barovier&Toso, revered for its catalogue of exquisite mouth-blown chandeliers, sconces and table lamps, originated on the Venetian island of Murano, a region of the world famed for its production of artisanal glassworks. Between 1920 and 1936, the firm traded under the name Artisti Barovier.

The Barovier dynasty began in 1295, when Jacobello Barovier, mentioned in historical documents as a master glassblower, began pinching, cutting, blowing and twisting a molten mixture of sand and minerals into incandescent works of art. It remained entirely family-owned until the mid-20th century, when it merged with another glassworks to become Barovier&Toso.

Under the nearly 50-year artistic directorship of Barovier&Toso cofounder Ercole Barovier (1889–1974), the company created buoyant traditional pieces such as pendants and wall lights, and it pioneered an array of innovative modernist designs with bold colors, patterns and surfaces.

By the time Ercole Barovier was born, in 1889, his family had already been in the glassmaking business for centuries. Nonetheless, Ercole did not choose glassmaking as his first career — he instead studied medicine as a young man before going on to work as a radio operator in the first World War.

The year after the war ended, Ercole joined his family’s business (over time, the manufactory’s names included Fratelli Barovier, Artisti Barovier and Vetreria Artistica Barovier & C.). Ercole was appointed artistic director in 1926, and subsequently managed the business with his brother Nicolò. 

From 1927 onward, Ercole Barovier was the chief designer at his family’s glassworks. His style became defined by his use of riotous color and later, audacious forms. Ercole created sculptures, table lamps and other pieces using mosaic techniques to add a kaleidoscope of striking hues to his work. Early in his career, he garnered praise for his work with murrine glass, one of the traditional arts for which Murano is widely known. He became sole proprietor in 1934 and, in 1936, merged his own family business with the Venetian glass factory SAIAR Ferro Toso. They renamed the company Barovier&Toso, a name under which the firm still operates today.

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 famed London department store Liberty & Co., which promoted 19th-century organic textile designs and Arts and Crafts-style furniture 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.

Traditional or modern, Barovier&Toso has produced one of the finest and most diverse catalogues of Murano glass in the last 100 years.

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Creator: Artisti Barovier
Trasparent Jewel Murano Glass Chandelier by Barovier e Toso, 1950s
By Artisti Barovier
Located in Roma, IT
Stunning Murano chandelier by artist Ercole Barovier. The pendant consists of 6 glass elements and a brass structure. It mounts a European standard e27 lamp. It measures 85 centimetr...
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1950s Vintage Artisti Barovier

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Murano Glass

Barovier, Glass Chandelier, Murano
By Artisti Barovier
Located in Spinea, Veneto
Extraordinary glass chandelier Structure consisting of a long cylindrical shaft with a large cup at the bottom with a diameter of 50 cm. and a second smaller one with, respectively, ...
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1930s Italian Vintage Artisti Barovier

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Glass

Pr. Murano Art Glass Table Lamps Made in Italy att. to Barovier c. 1950’s
By Artisti Barovier
Located in New York, NY
Spectacular pair of Art Glass table lamps, made in Murano, Italy, circa 1950’s, attributed to Barovier. The lamps feature internal controlled bubbles, encased in clear and pink gla...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Artisti Barovier

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Art Glass

Pair of Still Life Fruit Bowls Blown Murano Glass by Aristi Barovier, circa 1920
By Artisti Barovier
Located in London, GB
Two Murano glass fruit bowl still life's, constructed using the technique of blown glass and applied with intricate detailed poly chrome of pieces of ...
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1910s Italian Art Nouveau Vintage Artisti Barovier

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Artisti Barovier Murrine Cobalt Blue Floreali Vase with Handles, Italy, c. 1914
By Artisti Barovier, Giuseppe Barovier
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Artisti Barovier Murrine Cobalt Blue Floreali Vase with Handles, Italy, c. 1914. internally decorated glass with murrines and polychrome threads Heigh...
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Early 20th Century Italian Art Deco Artisti Barovier

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Barovier Smoked Amethyst Murano Lamps
By Artisti Barovier
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Smoked Amethyst Murano Glass lamps featuring a swirled design and gold dust inclusions throughout. Lamps sit on satin brass and Lucite bases. Rewired for use in the USA, 100W...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Artisti Barovier

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Brass

Barovier Poppy Murano Glass Vase
By Artisti Barovier
Located in New York, NY
Mid century Poppy colored Murano glass vase with gold leaf inclusions. The vase has a gored segemented body and glass separators for easy flower arra...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Artisti Barovier

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Murano Glass

Still Life Blown & Applied Glass by Aristi Barovier, circa 1910
By Artisti Barovier
Located in London, GB
The still life was constructed using the technique of blown glass and applied with intricate detailed poly chrome pieces of fruit in a glass bowl by Artisti Barovier (1890-1919) circ...
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1910s Italian Arts and Crafts Vintage Artisti Barovier

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Barovier Midcentury Murano Glass and Gold Leaf Italian Vase, 1940
By Artisti Barovier
Located in Milano, IT
Vase Barovier Murano glass 1940, worked with gold leaf. Iridescent.
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Artisti Barovier

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Murano Glass

Aqua-Green Barovier Murano Table Lamp
By Artisti Barovier
Located in East Hampton, NY
No shade included so that you may pick it to your taste and decor, this wonderful vintage handblown Murano glass lamo designed by Barovier.
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1970s Italian Vintage Artisti Barovier

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Murano Glass

Pair of Textured Murano Glass Demilune Wall Sconces by Artisti Barovier
By Artisti Barovier
Located in Bridgehampton, NY
Pair of Artisti Barovier textured Murano glass wall sconces, wired for 3 candlestick style bulbs max wattage.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Artisti Barovier

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Murano Glass

Pair of Textured Murano Glass Demilune Wall Sconces by Artisti Barovier
By Artisti Barovier
Located in Bridgehampton, NY
Pair of Artisti Barovier textured Murano glass wall sconces, wired with four candlestick style bulbs max wattage.
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Artisti Barovier

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Murano Glass

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Artisti Barovier furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Artisti Barovier furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of glass and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Artisti Barovier furniture, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Artisti Barovier were created in the mid-century modern style in italy during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Fantoni, Ermanno Toso, and Stefano Toso. Prices for Artisti Barovier furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at £622 and can go as high as £11,557, while a piece like these, on average, fetch £2,689.

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