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Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

Italian, 1895-1959

While Venini & Co.'s co-founder, Paolo Venini (1895–1959), was himself a highly talented glassware designer, his true genius was to invite forward-thinking Italian and international designers to Murano’s hallowed workshops to create Venini pieces — among them Gio Ponti, Massimo Vignelli, Finnish designer Tapio Wirkkala, Thomas Stearns of the United States and Fulvio Bianconi.

Beginning in the 1930s — and throughout the postwar years especially — Venini & Co. played a leading role in the revival of Italy’s high-end glass industry, pairing innovative modernist designers with the skilled artisans who created extraordinary chandeliers, sconces and other lighting in the centuries-old glass workshops on the Venetian island of Murano.

Paolo Venini trained and practiced as a lawyer for a time, though his family had been involved with glassmaking for generations. After initially buying a share in a Venetian glass firm — he and antiques dealer Giacomo Cappellin established Vetri Soffiati Cappellin Venini & C. in 1921 — Venini took over the company as his own in 1925, and under his direction, it produced mainly classical Baroque designs.

In 1932, Venini hired the young Carlo Scarpa— who would later distinguish himself as an architect — as his lead designer. Scarpa, working in concert with practiced glass artisans, completely modernized Venini, introducing simple, pared-down forms; bright primary colors; and bold patterns such as stripes, banding and abstract compositions that utilized cross sections of murrine (glass rods).

Paolo Venini’s best designs are thought to be his two-color Clessidre hourglasses, produced from 1957 onward, and the Fazzoletto (“handkerchief”) vase, designed with Bianconi in 1949. Bianconi’s masterworks are considered by many to be his Pezzato works — colorful vases with patterns that resemble those of a patchwork quilt.

Other noteworthy and highly collectible vintage Venini works include Ponti’s dual-tone stoppered bottles (circa 1948); rare glass sculptures from the Doge series by Stearns, the first American to design for the firm; Vignelli’s striped lanterns of the 1960s; the Occhi vases with eyelet-shaped patterns by Tobia Scarpa (son of Carlo); and, with their almost zen purity, the Bolle (“bubbles”) bottles designed by Wirkkala in 1968. 

With these works — and many others by some of the creative titans of the 20th and 21st centuries — Venini has produced one of the truly great bodies of work in modern design.

Find antique and vintage Paolo Venini chandeliers, serveware, table lamps, decorative objects and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Paolo Venini
Italian Murano Glass Centerpiece Cup by Paolo Venini
By Paolo Venini
Located in Milan, Italy
Murano Glass Centerpiece Cup by Paolo Venini. Signed under the base and with original label. Biography Paolo Venini was an Italian glass designer, important for his propagation of Murano glass and 20th-century glassware...
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1880s Italian Modern Antique Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Murano Glass

Paolo Venini Inciso Glass Bottle Manufactured by Venini 1990s
By Venini, Paolo Venini
Located in Berghuelen, DE
Paolo Venini Inciso Glass Bottle Manufactured by Venini 1990s A vintage "Inciso" glass bottle designed by Paolo Venini in 1956 and manufactured by...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Paolo Venini Inciso Glass Bottle Manufactured by Venini 1990s
By Venini, Paolo Venini
Located in Berghuelen, DE
Paolo Venini Inciso Glass Bottle Manufactured by Venini 1990s Item e7105 A vintage "Inciso" glass bottle with triangular shape designed by Paolo Venini in 1956 and manufactured by Ve...
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Late 20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Venini Art Glass Vase with Inciso Decoration Paolo Venini, Murano 1956
By Venini, Paolo Venini
Located in Berghuelen, DE
Venini Art Glass vase with Inciso Decoration Paolo Venini, Murano 1956 A vintage art glass vase in erba pesante (grass green) glass with layered...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Murano Glass, Art Glass

Venini Glass Murano Glass, 1940, Italy
By Paolo Venini
Located in Milano, IT
Glass Paolo Venini.
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1940s Italian Other Vintage Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Murano Glass

Fulvio Bianconi Venini Italian Midcentury Wall Sconces in Pink Murano Glass
By Paolo Venini, Fulvio Bianconi
Located in Morazzone, Varese
Gorgeous and rare pair of wall sconces handcrafted from Murano Glass Master Fulvio Bianconi for Venini during the 1950s. Both wall lights are made of pink and white swirled Murano ar...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Brass

Five Turqoise Opalino Bowls by Paolo Venini, Murano circa 1950
By Paolo Venini, Venini
Located in London, GB
Five small turquoise opaline hand blown bowls by Paolo Venini (1895-1959) circa 1950 for Venini, opaque glass, acid stamp to each 'Venini Murano Italia'. Dimensons; each height 1 1/...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Opaline Glass

Venini 'Balloton' clear blue & white pasta vetri
By Paolo Venini
Located in Sharon, CT
Beautiful contemporary piece 6" in diameter, with quilted clear blue glass, highlighted with a white pasta thread rim. Signed on the bottom.
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Venini Blue Murano Glass Flacon, 1968
By Paolo Venini
Located in Munich, DE
Elegant Venini flacon designed by Paolo Venini in 1968. Blue casted glass with incised surface in battuto technique, engraved signature underside wit...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Murano Glass

Venini Art Glass Bottle with Fasce Decoration in Yellow, Murano 1950s
By Venini, Paolo Venini
Located in Berghuelen, DE
Venini art glass bottle with Fasce decoration in yellow, Murano 1950s A large art glass bottle in white opaque glass with yellow stopper and a yellow "a fascia" band on the body as ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Venini Incisi Short Glass Vase in Marine Blue by Paolo Venini
By Venini, Paolo Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Incisi glass vase collection, designed by Paolo Venini and manufactured by Venini, feature an engraved surface. Originally designed in 1956. Numbered edition per year, marine blue ve...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Venini Incisi Thin Glass Vase in Marine Blue by Paolo Venini
By Paolo Venini, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Incisi glass vase collection, designed by Paolo Venini and manufactured by Venini, feature an engraved surface. Originally designed in 1956. Numb...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Large Vase of the 'Pesanti' Series, Paolo Venini for Venini, Murano 1952
By Paolo Venini, Venini
Located in Berghuelen, DE
A large vase in thick amethyst glass with circular decoration on the neck. Designed by Paolo Venini in 1952, manufactured by Venini, Murano Venezia. Model number 1522. Acid stamp "ve...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Puntini Murrine Glass Bowl, Paolo Venini, Venini Murano Italia
By Venini, Paolo Venini
Located in Uccle, BE
Bowl in glass with “talpa” (mole grey) and “lattimo” (milk white) murrine. The name of this particular murrine is known as “a puntini” which means “dotted” in Italian. It’s in fac...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Blown Glass

"Cinese" Large Italian Art Glass Vase by Paolo Venini
By Paolo Venini
Located in New York, NY
"Cinese" large Italian art glass vase by Paolo Venini. Cased glass in clear, white and gray. Signed: Venini Italia 84.
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1980s Italian Modern Vintage Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

20th Century Italian Vase by Paolo Venini
By Venini, Paolo Venini
Located in Roma, IT
Very rare vase designed by Paolo Venini in cased glass, white and glossy, a must for Murano glass collectors. The item also displays a circular trademark "Venini Murano, Italy". Th...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Venini Zanfirico Flared Vase
By Paolo Venini
Located in London, England
This stunning flared vase showcases the intricate Venetian Zanfirico technique with elegance. Its delicately swirling patterns and meticulous craftsmanship make it a captivating piec...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Art Glass, Blown Glass

Paolo Venini Murano Inciso Carved Sommerso Decanter in Vibrant blue acid signed
By Paolo Venini
Located in Ann Arbor, MI
Paolo Venini Murano Inciso Carved Sommerso Decanter in Vibrant blue acid signed With faint 3 line signature “Venini Murano Italia”
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Blown Glass

MARKED Venini Murano Green & Yellow Glass Zanfirico Fazzoletto Vase
By Venini, Paolo Venini
Located in Bolton, GB
Here is an exquisite 1950's small Venetian green & yellow glass "Fazzoletto" (handkerchief) vase. Made on the island of Murano, near Venice, Italy, by famous manufacturers Venini, de...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

MARKED Venini Murano White Glass Zanfirico Fazzoletto Vase
By Venini, Paolo Venini
Located in Bolton, GB
Here is an exquisite 1950's small Venetian white glass "Fazzoletto" (handkerchief) vase. Made on the island of Murano, near Venice, Italy, by famous manufacturers Venini, designed by...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass

Venini Murano Italy Glass Green Bottle Serie “Velati”, 1981
By Venini, Paolo Venini
Located in Reggio Emilia, IT
Amazing and fabulous Italian handmade and blown bottle in green color glass with stopper, from the “Velati” series designed and produced by Venini Murano in 1981. Original Venini Murano label...
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1980s Italian Post-Modern Vintage Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Venini Art Glass Bowl 'Diamante' by Paolo Venini, Murano 1930s
By Venini, Paolo Venini
Located in Berghuelen, DE
Venini Art Glass Bowl 'Diamante' by Paolo Venini, Murano 1930s A rare Venini art glass bowl of the 'Diamante' series. Heavy transparent glass with a ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Paolo Venini Pair of Opalino Vases for Venini in Light Grey, Italy 1950s
By Venini, Paolo Venini
Located in Milan, IT
Monumental Paolo Venini vase model 3556 for Venini in light grey Opalino glass. The second smaller vase measures Diameter 13 x H 38 cm. Both vases carry the Venini label and are Acid etched Venini Murano Italia...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Murano Glass

Large Venini Art Glass Vase with Inciso Decoration Paolo Venini, Murano 1956
By Paolo Venini, Venini
Located in Berghuelen, DE
Large Venini Art Glass vase with Inciso Decoration Paolo Venini, Murano 1956 A large vintage art glass vase in notte (night) blue pesante glass ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Paolo Venini Murano Signed Blue Inciso Technique Italian Art Glass Flower Vase
By Venini, Paolo Venini
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage Murano hand blown Sommerso blue and peachy color Italian art glass flower vase. Designed by Paolo Venini, circa 1955 for Venini e. Co. The vase has an elegant taper...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass, Art Glass, Sommerso, Murano Glass, Blown Glass

Gio Ponti Paolo Venini Murano Glass Bottle Morandiana Series 1982
By Paolo Venini, Gio Ponti
Located in Paris, IDF
Rare Gio Ponti and Paolo Venini bottle for Venini designed in the 1950s, “ A Canne” model from the Morandiana series. This example is a 1980s edition, signed Venini 82, with its orig...
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1980s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Murano Venini Red Caned Twisted Rope Glass Tray with Brass Mid-Century Modern
By Paolo Venini
Located in North Miami, FL
This gorgeous hand blown Italian Murano vintage glass tray by Venini is mid century modern. The red X style forms are randomly placed amidst the twi...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Brass

Bottle Paolo Venini 1950 Blu Color Murano Art Glass Serie Inciso made in Italy
By Paolo Venini
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Rare Murano glass bottle, museum piece in cobalt blue, Inciso series.
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Murano Glass

Venini Murano glass centerpiece by Emmanuel Babled "Antefila Series", 1993
By Emmanuel Babled, Paolo Venini
Located in Firenze, FI
VENINI Murano glass Lightining - Vase from the 'Antefila' series, conceived by industrial designer EMMANUEL BABLED in 1993. The series was created to be modular, with fully-interc...
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1990s Italian Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Murano Glass

Venini Murano Sommerso Glass, Corroso Vase, by Carlo Scarpa, Acid 3-Line Mark
By Paolo Venini, Carlo Scarpa
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Great Murano bowl acid signature, Venini Murano Italia" 3 line. This bowl was made in several finish and type of glass, bullicante, summerso, inciso, corroso, etc. Documented in Carlo Scarpa book...
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1950s Italian Modern Vintage Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Murano Glass

"Cane" Stopper Bottle by Paolo Venini
By Paolo Venini, Venini
Located in New York, NY
Blown glass bottle form created with canes of blue & green colors.
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Blown Glass

Venini Bianconi Murano White Purple Zanfirico Italian Art Glass Fazzoletto Vase
By Paolo Venini, Fulvio Bianconi, Venini
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage murano hand blown white and purple ribbons Italian art glass fazzoletto / handkerchief vase. Documented to designer Fulvio Bianconi, and signed "Venini Murano Itali...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Glass

Venini Murano Italy Glass Blue Bottle Serie “Velati”, 1992
By Venini, Paolo Venini
Located in Reggio Emilia, IT
Amazing and fabulous Italian handmade and blown bottle in light blue color glass with stopper, from the “Velati” series designed and produced by Ven...
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1990s Italian Post-Modern Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Gio Ponti and Paolo Venini A Canne Morandiane Series Glass for Venini, 1955
By Gio Ponti, Paolo Venini
Located in Milan, IT
Large Gio Ponti and Paolo Venini A Canne Morandiane series murano glass for Venini, 1955 Signed with three-line acid stamp to underside 'Venini Murano ...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Murano Glass

Venini Murano Signed Teal Green Blue Italian Art Glass Teardrop Ring Dishes
By Paolo Venini, Venini
Located in Kissimmee, FL
Beautiful vintage set of 3 Murano hand blown teal green or blue Italian art glass small bowls or dishes. Documented to the Venini company, with 1 of them signed underneath. Would mak...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass, Art Glass, Blown Glass, Murano Glass, Sommerso

Venini Incisi Short Glass Vase in Steel Blue by Paolo Venini
By Paolo Venini, Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Incisi glass vase collection, designed by Paolo Venini and manufactured by Venini, feature an engraved surface. Originally designed in 1956. Numb...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Modern Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Paolo Venini, Pair of Vases, Venini Production Engraved Series, 1956-57
By Paolo Venini
Located in Milano, IT
Pair of Murano glass vases of different sizes, “Incisi” series, made to designs by Paolo Venini. Heavy violet and iron gray glass in superimposed colors, finished with light horizont...
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1950s Italian Other Vintage Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Glass

Rare "Inciso" Murano Glass Bowl by Paolo Venini for Venini, Italy, 1950s
By Venini, Paolo Venini
Located in Milan, IT
Marvellous "Inciso" bowl by Paolo Venini for Venini. Signed with three-line acid stamp to underside: Venini Murano Italia. Another piece available from the same "Inciso" collection.
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1950s Italian Vintage Paolo Venini Serveware, Ceramics, Silver and Glass

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Murano Glass

Paolo Venini serveware, ceramics, silver and glass for sale on 1stDibs.

Paolo Venini serveware, ceramics, silver and glass 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 Paolo Venini serveware, ceramics, silver and glass, although blue editions of this piece are particularly popular. We have 31 vintage editions of these items in-stock, while there is 3 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original serveware, ceramics, silver and glass by Paolo Venini 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 serveware, ceramics, silver and glass by Dino Martens, Marcello Fantoni, and Fulvio Bianconi. Prices for Paolo Venini serveware, ceramics, silver and glass can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $125 and can go as high as $11,121, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,785.

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