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Paolo Venini Table Lamps

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
Paolo Venini and Massimo Pistilli for Venini "Pallotta" Table Lamp, Italy 1960s
By Venini, Paolo Venini, Massimo Pistilli
Located in Naples, IT
Rare table lamp, Pallotta model. Designed and made by Studio Venini, circa 1970. This design consists of a transparent smoked globe made of glass. Inside the lamp are several polychr...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Venini Table Lamps

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Glass

Boletus Large Table Lamp in Blown and Engraved Glass by Paolo Venini, Venini
By Venini, Paolo Venini
Located in Uccle, BE
About the "Boletus" large table lamp by Paolo Venini, Venini Murano (Italy) Large table lamp in hand-blown pink glass. The entire body of the lamp is engraved with fine lines which...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Paolo Venini Table Lamps

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Art Glass, Murano Glass, Blown Glass

Important Venini Table Lamp in Red, Form "Diamante", Murano by Paolo Venini
By Carlo Scarpa, Paolo Venini, Venini
Located in Halle, DE
A beautiful and important early 20th century Murano desk lamp in rare red colored "diamante"-form glas by Venini. The Diamante serie was invented c...
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20th Century Italian Art Deco Paolo Venini Table Lamps

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Brass

Unique Venini Smoked Murano Art Glass Table Lamp, 1970s, Italy
By Fulvio Bianconi & Paolo Venini, Paolo Venini
Located in Biebergemund, Hessen
Very rare Space Age table lamp designed and manufactured ba Venini, Venezia. The lamp is made of very heavy Murano art glass that contains air bubbles and stylized fossile fish, the ...
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1970s Italian Space Age Vintage Paolo Venini Table Lamps

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Art Glass, Murano Glass

Paolo Venini Pair of Antique Pink Opalino Murano Glass Table Lamps for Venini
By Venini, Paolo Venini
Located in Milan, IT
Splendid Paolo Venini Pair of Antique Pink Opalino Murano Glass Table Lamps for Venini. Acid Etched Signature Venini Murano Italia Measurements of lamp without the lampshade 12.5 x H...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Venini Table Lamps

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Brass

20th Century Paolo Venini Table Lamp Mod. 307, 1930
By Paolo Venini
Located in Turin, Turin
Paolo Venini emerged as one of the leading figures in the production of Murano Glass and an important contributor to twentieth century Italian design. In 1921 with Giacomo Cappellin,...
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1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Venini Table Lamps

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Brass

Blue Murano glass mushroom-shaped table lamp, Venini Italia 1970s
By Paolo Venini
Located in Palermo, IT
Exceptionally beautiful and large original vintage Murano glass mushroom lamp by Paolo Venini from Italy. Large version with 38 cm / 13 inch. Diameter: 37cm Very well preserved. Grea...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Paolo Venini Table Lamps

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Murano Glass

Pair of Scarpa & Venini Murano glass lamps
By Paolo Venini
Located in Stamford, CT
Pair of Scarpa & Venini Murano glass lamps. "Diamante Obelischi Model 9034" Lamps By Paolo Venini & Carlo Scarpa. Circa 1934. Stamped "Mad...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Paolo Venini Table Lamps

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Glass

SET)) Mid Century modern LINO TAGLIAPIETRA for Venini Murano glass (50hx30cm)
By Paolo Venini, Lino Tagliapietra
Located in Firenze, FI
SET ))) Glorious LINO TAGLIAPIETRA for Venini Vetreria Murano Original table lamps. Iconic White stripes Glass Table Lamp from 1970s. Technique: made of a single sheet of molded Mu...
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1960s Italian Vintage Paolo Venini Table Lamps

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Murano Glass

Murano Swirl Glass Desk Lamp by Venini Vetreria / Italy, 1960s, Gorgeous Piece
By Paolo Venini
Located in Firenze, FI
Murano glass desk lamp by Vetreria Venini. Approx. 1960/1970s. Made in Italy, Murano (VE) Gorgeous little iconic Italian design by Vetreria ...
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1960s Italian Vintage Paolo Venini Table Lamps

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Murano Glass

1970's Pair of Murano Glass Swirl Table Lamps by Paolo Venini
By Murano 5, Paolo Venini
Located in Praha, CZ
Set of two Murano glass table lamps atributed to Paolo Venini. Produced in Italy in the 1970's. New wiring, bulb: E 14
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Venini Table Lamps

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Murano Glass

Large VENINI Murano glass table lampshade (66x33x33cm) Italy, 1960s. Rare find!
By Fulvio Bianconi & Paolo Venini, Paolo Venini
Located in Firenze, FI
Large exquisite rare find condition table lamp, produced by Paolo VENINI/ Murano, Italy, in the 1960s. Real eye-catcher. The real deal! Description: - The glass base is molded by hand and covers the base in a loose and playful way. The lamp also displays some true Murano craftsmanship. The handblown glass features the unique "Swirl" technique with a tender transition between a solid pink glass...
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1960s Italian Vintage Paolo Venini Table Lamps

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Cotton, Murano Glass

Venini 12" Sommerso Inciso Blue / Amber Lamp, Three Line Acid Etched
By Paolo Venini
Located in Doraville, GA
A beautiful shaded lamp by Paolo Venini for Venini from the mid 1950's. The lamp is "sommerso" which in English literally means "submerged". This technique is used to create several layers of glass (usually with different contrasting colors) inside a single object. This bottle appears to be clear glass incased in blue / amber glass. The surface of the lamp base is "inciso" which in English means engraved or incised, this process is done by hand on a grinding wheel...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Venini Table Lamps

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Murano Glass

Paolo Venini Mushroom Murano Table Lamp
By Paolo Venini
Located in Byron Bay, NSW
Beutifull Mushroom-shaped table lamp, Murano glass by Paolo Venini 1970s.
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Paolo Venini Table Lamps

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Murano Glass

Murano Glass “Dante" Lamp by Paolo Venini
By Paolo Venini
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Mid century Murano glass table lamp by Paolo Venini. Transparent and white spiral glass orb on a chrome disc base. Sold individually. Orb measures 9” in diameter.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Space Age Paolo Venini Table Lamps

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Chrome

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Pair of Paolo Venini Murano glass table lamps from the 1950's
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Murano Glass “Fazzoletto” Lamp by Venini
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Located in Austin, TX
Lamp from the island of Murano. This “Fazzoletto” lamp; or “handkerchief”, is by Paolo Venini. It is hand-blown in a beautiful blue color. It has been ...
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1950s Italian Venini lamp
By Paolo Venini
Located in London, GB
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Venini Mid-Century Italian Murano Glass Table Lamp, 1970s
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Located in LEGNY, FR
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By Paolo Venini, Massimo Vignelli
Located in Milano, Lombardia
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Paolo Venini table lamps for sale on 1stDibs.

Paolo Venini table lamps 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 table lamps, although red editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original table lamps 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 table lamps by Massimo Vignelli, Mario Bellini, and Cini Boeri. Prices for Paolo Venini table lamps can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $264 and can go as high as $15,000, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,848.

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