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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
$3,008
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Mid-Century Modern Blue Gold Vintage Glass Table Lamp Barovier & Toso Italy 1950
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Vienna, AT
Mid Century Modern vintage pastel blue table lamp from hand made glass Barovier & Toso with a replaced lamp shade from golden fabric, Italy 190s. A delicate and high-quality soft pas...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Barovier & Toso

Materials

Murano Glass

Barovier et Toso Table Lamp Rostrato Murano Glass Brass, 1940, Italy
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Milano, IT
Barovier et Toso table lamp Rostrato Murano glass brass, 1940, Italy.
Category

1940s Italian Other Vintage Barovier & Toso

Materials

Murano Glass

Barovier & Toso Pink Murano Glass and Brass Picture Frame, 2000s
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Brussels, BE
Barovier & Toso pink murano glass and brass picture frame, 2000s.
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Early 2000s Italian Mid-Century Modern Barovier & Toso

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Brass

Mid Century Large Rectangular Barovier & Toso Murano Torchon Picture Frame
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Glasgow, GB
Large rectangular Murano Glass ‘Torchon’ picture frame, by Barovier & Toso circa 1950s This chic and glamorous frame is comprised of a thick handmade Murano glass border; in a spark...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Hollywood Regency Barovier & Toso

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Gold, Brass

Green Barovier & Toso Flush Mount Fixture
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Canton, MA
This is a beautiful piece of Barovier & Toso glass. It is a creamy light green color with gold flecks concentrated around the center and throughout the glass. Fluted edge, smooth and...
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20th Century Italian Barovier & Toso

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Glass, Art Glass

Barovier Toso Murano Gold Fleck Purple Blue Spots Italian Art Glass Bowl Ashtray
By Barovier&Toso, Ercole Barovier
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

Riquadri Vase Azur Yellow, Barovier e Toso
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Brussels, BE
Large “Riquadri” vase designed and manufactured by the Barovier and Toso studio in 1999. This vase takes its inspiration from a historical model of the "a tessere" technique of the r...
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1990s European Modern Barovier & Toso

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Blown Glass

  • Riquadri Vase Azur Yellow, Barovier e Toso
  • Riquadri Vase Azur Yellow, Barovier e Toso
  • Riquadri Vase Azur Yellow, Barovier e Toso
  • Riquadri Vase Azur Yellow, Barovier e Toso
H 14.18 in. W 7.09 in. D 6.11 in.
Pair of Barovier and Toso Pulegoso Wall Sconces
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of Barovier and Toso Pulegoso "bubbles" wall sconces Each single light Already rewired for U.S.
Category

1930s Italian Vintage Barovier & Toso

Materials

Glass

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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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