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Venini Mirrors

Italian

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.

While the company’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.

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 Venini chandeliers, serveware, table lamps, decorative objects and other furniture on 1stDibs.

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Creator: Venini
Venini Mirror 1940 Murano Glass Metal Crome, Italy
By Venini
Located in Milano, IT
Venini mirror 1940 Murano glass metal crome, Italy.
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1940s Italian Other Vintage Venini Mirrors

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Murano Glass

VENINI - Round tourchon mirror - Model 69 - MURANO 1939
By Venini
Located in Milano, IT
VENINI - a model 69, tourchon mirror original late 1930s , for hanging, in solid murano glass and brass trim with wooden back , all original , no modifications or restorations. The b...
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1930s Italian Art Deco Vintage Venini Mirrors

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Brass

Italian Murano Carlo Scarpa Wall Mirror for Venini, Italy, 1950s
By Venini, Carlo Scarpa
Located in PRESTON, AU
Vintage round wall mirror by Carlo Scarpa for Venini. The mirror is encased in a brass frame with the lovely ‘treccia’ (braided) Murano glass su...
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20th Century Italian Mid-Century Modern Venini Mirrors

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Brass

Carlo Scarpa for Venini A Treccia table mirror in olive oil green glass
By Carlo Scarpa, Venini
Located in Milan, IT
Carlo Scarpa Vanity mirror for Venini in a unique combination of olive oil tinted Murano glass and silver structure details Venini Model: 76 Blue Catalogue Signed with impressed manu...
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1930s Italian Art Deco Vintage Venini Mirrors

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Brass, Nickel

Carlo Scarpa Mezza Filigrana Vanity Mirror for Venini, circa 1935
By Carlo Scarpa, Venini
Located in Englewood, NJ
A fine Italian Mid Century Modern glass "Mezza Filigrana" vanity mirror designed by, Carlo Scarpa for Venini. The mirror frame is internally decorated with pink lattice decoration an...
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Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Venini Mirrors

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Brass

Venini, Table Mirror, Murano Glass, Brass, Mirror Glass, Italy, 1940s
By Venini
Located in High Point, NC
A murano glass and brass table mirror designed and produced by Venini, Italy, 1940s.
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini Mirrors

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Brass

20th Century Venini Hand Mirror in Twisted Crystal and Brass, 30s
By Venini
Located in Turin, Turin
In 1921 Venini and Cappellin opened a glass factory called Vetri Soffiati Muranesi Cappellin Venini & C. on the islands of M...
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1930s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini Mirrors

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Crystal, Brass

Ludovico Diaz De Santillana and Venini Murano Glass Mirror for Pierre Cardin
By Pierre Cardin, Venini
Located in Milan, IT
Ludovico Diaz De Santillana / Venini Murano Glass Mirror made for Pierre Cardin, Italy 1970s The mirror can be used as a table mirror with the original steel stand or a wall mirror....
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1970s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini Mirrors

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Murano Glass

Venini 1940s Photo Frame Wall Mirror with Brass Parts
By Venini
Located in Palermo, Sicily
Wall mirror Venini 1940s photo frame parts in brass, it can be used as a wall mirror or wall photo frame according to your choice.
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1940s Italian Other Vintage Venini Mirrors

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Brass

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Located in Milano, IT
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Venini mirrors for sale on 1stDibs.

Venini mirrors 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 Venini mirrors, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original mirrors by 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 mirrors by Carlo Scarpa, Luigi Fontana, and Angelo Mangiarotti. Prices for Venini mirrors can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $1,331 and can go as high as $10,900, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $4,915.

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