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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.

Average Sold Price
$3,175
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Barovier Toso Murano Blue Yellow Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Bird Figurine
By Barovier&Toso, Ercole Barovier
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown cobalt blue, yellow, gold flecks and bubbles Italian art glass baby bird figurine. Documented to the Barovier e Toso Company. The bird is made wit...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barovier & Toso

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Gold Leaf

"Torchon" Murano Transparent Art Glass Picture Frame by Barovier & Toso, 1940s
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Firenze, Tuscany
About the Manufacturer Barovier & Toso Partnerships come and go within the community of glass-making artisans on the Venetian island of Murano, where business relationships seem ...
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Barovier & Toso

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Brass

Ercole Barovier Toso Murano Pink Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Flower Vase
By Barovier&Toso, Ercole Barovier
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown pink and gold flecks Italian art glass double opening flower vase. Documented to designer Ercole Barovier for Barovier e Toso, circa 1950s. Create...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Barovier & Toso

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Gold Leaf

Ercole Barovier Toso Murano Blue Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Flower Vase
By Barovier&Toso, Ercole Barovier
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Gorgeous and very rare Murano hand blown blue pulled feather design and gold flecks Italian art glass vase. Documented to designer Ercole Barovier for the Barovier e Toso Company, ci...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Barovier & Toso

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Gold Leaf

Ercole Barovier Rare Handblown "Pezzato" Table Lamp, 1950s
By Barovier&Toso, Ercole Barovier
Located in New York, NY
Rare and important hand-blown glass "Pezzato" table lamp with pink and white lattimo tessere by Ercole Barovier for Barovier & Toso, Murano Italy 1950's. This lamp is a work of art. ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Barovier & Toso

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Brass

White and Clear "Mezza Filigrana" Murano Glass Plate by Barovier & Toso, 1980s
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Varese, Lombardia
Murano glass centerpiece /decorative plate handmade in "mezza filigrana" technique. Perfect condition.
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Barovier & Toso

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Murano Glass

Barovier&Toso Murano Blown Glass turquoise Color Midcentury TableLamp, 1950
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Rome, IT
Splendid Barovier & Toso table lamps in Murano glass. Note the beautiful hot-attached stretched drops. A supreme light turquoise color, with some gold inside. Murano lamps are compo...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Barovier & Toso

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Brass

Midcentury Barovier e Toso Murano Ice Glass Chandelier with Chrome Frame, 1960s
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Clivio, Varese
Italian midcentury chandelier with 14 ice glass tubes, 1 big ice glass plate and a lamp frame made of chromed steel with original vintage patina and light spots. Made by Barovier e ...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Barovier & Toso

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Brass

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Barovier&Toso furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Barovier & Toso furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of glass and are designed with extraordinary care. In our Barovier & Toso collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. In stock are 733 vintage editions of these items, while there are 269 modern editions to choose from as well. Many of Barovier's original furniture was created by Toso in the mid-century modern style in Europe during the 20th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Fontana Arte, Gaetano Sciolari and Stilnovo. Barovier's furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at $142 and tops out at $410,900, while pieces like these can sell for $4,233 on average.

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