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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
$3,219
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Barovier Toso Murano Gold Fleck Purple Blue Spots Italian Art Glass Bowl Ashtray
By Ercole Barovier, Barovier&Toso
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown gold flecks Italian art glass bowl or ashtray. Documented to the Barovier e Toso Company. Decorated with blue, purple, pink, white swirled color s...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barovier & Toso

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Gold Leaf

Rare Large Pair of Wall Lights Barovier and Toso Vintage Glass 60's Pink F162
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Lyon, FR
Imposing pair of Italian sconces from the 1960s by Barovier & Toso. They are composed of a metal structure with nine smoked or pink Murano glass lampshades with rectangular section a...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Barovier & Toso

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Metal

Ceiling Millefiori by Barovier & Toso Murano, 1990
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Budapest, HU
Stunning sconce Millefiori by Barovier & Toso style, Murano, 1990.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Barovier & Toso

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Metal

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, vintage Murano hand blown blue pulled feather design and gold flecks Italian art glass flower vase. Documented to designer Ercole Barovier for the Barovier e...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Barovier & Toso

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Gold Leaf

My Marylin 6999 Floor Lamp in Glass with Black Finish, by Giorgia Brusemini
By Giorgia Brusemini, Barovier&Toso
Located in Venice, IT
The My Marylin floor lamp was originally Desigined by Giorgia Brusemini in 2007 for Barovier&Toso. The diffuser made of white glass and precious rock crystals that, like bracelets, w...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Barovier & Toso

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Metal

Extra Large Chandelier by Barovier & Toso Ocher and Clear Glass Tubes
By Murano 5, Barovier&Toso
Located in Rijssen, NL
Wonderful and rare version of an extra large midcentury Barovier & Toso Murano glass chandelier. This chandelier is executed to a very high standard. The light features a metal frame...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barovier & Toso

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Barovier & Toso Red and Gold Murano Glass Table Lamp, 1950s
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Brussels, BE
Barovier & Toso red and gold Murano glass table lamp, 1950s.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Barovier & Toso

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Murano Glass

1 of the 4 Extra Large Wall Sconces or Wall Lights Murano Glass, Barovier & Toso
By Murano 5, Barovier&Toso
Located in Rijssen, NL
Wonderful extra-large mid century Barovier & Toso wall sconces. This wall sconces are executed to a very high standard. The lights feature a frame with 7 large Murano tubes in ocher(...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barovier & Toso

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Steel

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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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