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Venini Lanterns

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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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Creator: Venini
Venini Blown Murano Reticello Glass Pendant, 1950s, Atributed to Carlo Scarpa
By Carlo Scarpa, Venini
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
A Venini hand blown reticello Murano glass sphere pendant, Italy, 1950s, atributed to designer Carlo Scarpa. Brass mounted in conical shape showing its elegant and clean lines design...
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Mid-20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Venini Lanterns

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Brass

Large J.T. Kalmar Textured Glass Pendant, circa 1950
By Venini, J.T. Kalmar
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

Venini Blown Glass Pendant, Italy, 1950's
By Venini
Located in New York, NY
Venini, Italy 1950's A blown clear glass lantern with delicate woven spiral patterns in colored Zanfirico glass; nickeled mounts Measures: 12 diameter x 38 height ( Height can be a...
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1950s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini Lanterns

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Art 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 Art Deco 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

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 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

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

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Italian Venini Style Chandelier with Murano Turquoise Glass Teardrops, 1950s
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
A lovely vintage Venini style chandelier thee-light with Murano turquoise glass teardrops, brass mounts, Italy, 1950s. Brass with some wear and agd patina. Three E-14 light bulb so...
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Pair of Venini Blown Murano Glass Pendants by Ludovico Diaz De Santillan, 1960s
By Ludovico Diaz de Santillana
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
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Pair of Art Deco Murano Glass Sphere Pendants, Italy, 1950s
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
A pair of blown Murano glass sphere pendants or lanterns with chrome mounts, Italy, 1950s. One Edison E27 light socket for a large sized bulb up to 100W both pendants are in fine con...
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Pair of Art Deco Murano Glass Sphere Pendants, Italy, 1950s
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Pair of Art Deco Murano Glass Sphere Pendants, Italy, 1950s
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
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Hand Blown Murano Glass Pendant by Barovier & Toso, Model "Venexiana", 1991
By Barovier&Toso
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
A rare hand blown Murano glass pendant by the renowned glass manufacturer Barovier & Toso, Italy, 1991. The three adjustable royal blue lateral elements give the pendant a very elega...
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Italian Chandelier Venini Pendant in Irridescent White Glass
By Venini
Located in Milano, IT
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Pair of Italian Applique by Venini in Glass Ambra, 1950s
By Venini
Located in Milano, IT
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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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  • Venini Lantern, 1940s
  • Venini Lantern, 1940s
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H 64.57 in. Dm 13.78 in.
Venini Glass Lantern, 1960s
By Venini
Located in Brussels, BE
The glass is lightly white colored with a blue thread. There some tiny gold sprinkles. Please note the height of the glass is 44cm.
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  • Venini Glass Lantern, 1960s
  • Venini Glass Lantern, 1960s
H 27.56 in. Dm 4.73 in.
Venini Glass ans Brass Lantern, 1930s
By Venini
Located in Brussels, BE
A Venini glass lantern, dating circa 1930s. A similar piece is documented in the Venini documentation. A copy of a the document can be obtained.
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Ettore Sottsass, Memphis design founder, pair of ceiling lights, Venini Murano
By Venini, Ettore Sottsass
Located in Brussels, BE
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Carlo Scarpa Wall Lamp by Venini, from 1930
By Venini, Carlo Scarpa
Located in Milano, IT
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  • Carlo Scarpa  Wall Lamp by Venini, from 1930
  • Carlo Scarpa  Wall Lamp by Venini, from 1930
  • Carlo Scarpa  Wall Lamp by Venini, from 1930
  • Carlo Scarpa  Wall Lamp by Venini, from 1930
H 19.69 in. W 19.69 in. D 5.52 in.
Tall Italian Venini tiered Murano crystal prism spiral chandelier
By Venini
Located in New York City, NY
Italian 1960’s Murano stalactite chandelier by Venini. A collection of 156 square yet fluted heavy crystal prisms, each trimmed on the bias and hung in a cascading swirl off a chrom...
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Tommaso Buzzi for Venini Monumenal Three Arms Chandelier in a Glass Sphere, 30s
By Venini, Tomaso Buzzi
Located in Tavarnelle val di Pesa, Florence
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Large Venini Murano Glass Pendant, Italy, 1940s
By Venini
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
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Carlo Scarpa for Venini Waterfall Foliate Murano Chandelier Pendant, 1940s
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Located in Brooklyn, NY
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Venini Fulvio Bianconi Pair of Large Murano Hurricane Lamps
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Located in Miami, FL
A pair of larger than usual shades, 12” tall, 6” in diameter. Nice colors. In very good condition with minor flea bites on edges, please refer to pictures.
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Venini lanterns for sale on 1stDibs

Venini Lanterns are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of glass and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Venini lantern collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 14 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many original Venini lanterns were created in Europe during the mid-20th century in the modern style of the mid-century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider lanterns by Gaetano Sciolari, Stilnovo and Barovier & Toso. Pricing for venini lanterns can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at $886 and tops out at $13,876, while pieces like these can sell for $5,558 on average.

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