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Venini & Co. (Italy)
Venini & Co. (Italy)

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 in the centuries-old glass workshops on the Venetian island of Murano. While the company’s 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 Giò Ponti, Massimo Vignelli, Finnish designer Tapio Wirkkala, Thomas Stearnsof the United States and Fulvio Bianconi.

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 took over the company as his own in 1925, and under his direction it produced mainly classical Baroque designs. In 1932, he 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 century — Venini has produced one of the truly great bodies of work in modern design.

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Pair of Italian Applique by Venini in Glass Ambra, 1950s
By Venini
Located in Milano, IT
Elegant pair of wall lights made by Venini in the 1950s. The appliqués are made of an elegant and beautiful worked amber crystal glass. The appliqués are worked with a straight rigad...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini Lanterns

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Art Glass

Large J.T. Kalmar Textured Glass Pendant, circa 1950
By J.T. Kalmar, Venini
Located in Vienna, AT
Large textured glass and brass pendant by J.T. Kalmar, circa 1950. Made from a single sheet of textured glass which is 'curled' into a large, slightly organic, cylinder. One original...
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1950s Austrian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini Lanterns

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Brass

Monumental Venini Polyhedral Murano Glass Chandelier
By Toni Zuccheri, Fulvio Bianconi & Paolo Venini, Venini, Paolo Venini
Located in Houston, TX
Chic Venini Murano glass chandelier with individually hung hand blown polyhedron clear glass shades. This Murano chandelier is newly wired for the U.S. market. Measures: Glass porti...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini Lanterns

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Murano Glass

Venini Cascade Hand Blown Murano Glass Six-Light Chandelier, Italy, 1960s
By Venini
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
A 1960s Venini cascading chandelier with three-tier hand blown milk and clear Murano glass spirals pendants, chrome mounted. Perfect vintage condition and fully working. Six-light: ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Art Deco Venini Lanterns

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Chrome

Venini Cascade Hand Blown Murano Glass Six-Light Chandelier, Italy, 1960s
By Venini
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
A 1960s Venini cascading chandelier with three-tier hand blown milk and clear Murano glass spirals pendants, chrome mounted. Perfect vintage condition and fully working. Six-light: ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Venini Lanterns

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Chrome

Venini Cascade Hand Blown Murano Glass Six-Light Chandelier, Italy, 1960s
By Venini
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
A 1960s Venini cascading chandelier with three-tier hand blown milk and clear Murano glass spirals pendants, chrome mounted. Perfect vintage condition and fully working. Six-light: ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Venini Lanterns

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Chrome

Venini Original Tronchi and Gold Triedi Chandelier or Lantern, Murano, 1960
By Venini
Located in Rome, IT
Stunning Italian Mid-Century Modern chandelier by Venini with long Ice color hand blown "Tronchi "and shiny gold "trilobi" The original metal structure with chain and canopy. Three...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Venini Lanterns

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Blown Glass

Venini Cascade Hand Blown Murano Glass Six-Light Chandelier, Italy, 1960s
By Venini
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
A 1960s Venini cascading chandelier with three-tier hand blown milk and clear Murano glass spirals pendants, chrome mounted. Perfect vintage condition and fully working. Six-light: ...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Venini Lanterns

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Chrome

Italian Vintage Murano Venini Table Lamp, 1950s
By Venini
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian vintage Murano Venini table lamp, 1950s Lamp or electric lantern, in blown glass with submerged flower and brass details. Made by Venini in circa 1950. Acid signature on t...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini Lanterns

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Brass

Venini Lantern, 1940s
By Venini
Located in Brussels, BE
Venini glass is one the best glass maker of Venice. This lantern is beautifully executed with its slender proportions. In the pictures you will see at the end a similar venin lantern...
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1940s Italian Vintage Venini Lanterns

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Brass

1960s Murano Glass Lantern by Venini
By Venini
Located in Paris, FR
Rare 1960s Murano "Champagne" blown glass lantern by Venini. Six lights. A slight snag on the edge of the upper plate, barely visible.
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1960s Italian Vintage Venini Lanterns

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Murano Glass

Venini Original Tronchi and Gold Triedi Chandelier or Lantern, Murano 1960
By Venini
Located in Rome, IT
Stunning Italian Mid-Century Modern chandelier by Venini with long Ice color handblown "Tronchi "and shiny gold "trilobi " The original metal structure with chain and canopy . Thr...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Venini Lanterns

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Blown Glass

Toni Zuccheri for Venini Murano Mid Century Chandelier "Ninfee" Italia,1968
By Toni Zuccheri, Venini
Located in Firenze, IT
Midcentury chandelier series "Ninfeee " designed by Toni Zucccheri for Venini Murano in the 1968, the big bowl diffuser is in white "Pasta" of glass blown with a relief surface. The...
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1960s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini Lanterns

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Blown Glass

Venini Murano Glass Chandelier Italy
By Venini
Located in Antwerp, BE
Italian Murano glass Venini chandelier or ceiling light. Diameter 68 cm. Height 90 cm. 3 E27 bulbs.
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Venini Lanterns

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Brass

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