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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
$3,106
Styles
Materials
1940's Italian Barovier Pendant Light
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning 1940's Barovier glass pendant light with blown glass scalloped shade suspended on brass frame with thick twisted glass detail. Wonderful age and patina on brass. Brass stem ...
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Mid-20th Century French Barovier & Toso

Materials

Brass

  • 1940's Italian Barovier Pendant Light
  • 1940's Italian Barovier Pendant Light
  • 1940's Italian Barovier Pendant Light
  • 1940's Italian Barovier Pendant Light
H 40 in. W 17 in. D 11.75 in.
1 of 3 Pairs of Wall Scones Barovier & Toso Gold Murano Glass, Italy, 1960
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Rijssen, NL
1 of the 3 pairs of gorgeous hand blown Murano glass Barovier & Toso wall scones with special gold inclusions. Each light fixture consists of one blown Murano glass leaf. Mounted on ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Barovier & Toso

Materials

Brass

Large 1950's Barovier & Toso Murano Lamp
By Barovier&Toso
Located in New York, NY
Stunning 1950's Green Murano lamp with gold inclusions by Barovier and Toso. The lamp sits on a think lucite base and has been Newly rewired with an adjustable polished brass doubl...
Category

1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Barovier & Toso

Materials

Murano Glass, Lucite

Murano Glass Table Mirror by Barovier & Toso, Signed
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Carpaneto Piacentino, Italy
Barovier & Toso table mirror with frame in Murano Glass Torchon. Mirror with a gorgeous frame entirely in Murano Glass, worked in the way of "Torchon". The structure is in brass w...
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Barovier & Toso

Materials

Glass, Murano Glass

Fine Murano Glass Chandelier Signed Barovier and Toso, Italy, 1980
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Brussels, BE
Fine Murano glass chandelier. Six lights. Perfect vintage condition. Labeled Barovier & Toso. Italy 1980.
Category

1980s Italian Baroque Vintage Barovier & Toso

Materials

Brass

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

Materials

Gold Leaf

Ercole Barovier Toso Murano Blue Gold Flecks Italian Art Glass Flower Vase
By Ercole Barovier, Barovier&Toso
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

Materials

Gold Leaf

Spuma di Mare Vase by Ercole Barovier for Barovier & Toso, Italy, 1938-1940
By Ercole Barovier, Barovier&Toso
Located in Naples, IT
A very rare vase Mod. Spuma di Mare in Murano glass swarming with inclusions of matallic oxides and application of large morise, by Ercole Barovier for Barovier & Toso 1940. Make a s...
Category

1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Barovier & Toso

Materials

Murano 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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