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Venini Mirrors

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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
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

Materials

Murano Glass

Carlo Scarpa Mezza Filigrana Vanity Mirror for Venini, circa 1935
By Carlo Scarpa, Venini
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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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Rare Carlo Scarpa Venini Treccia Round Wall Mirror Brass Murano Glass, 1936
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1940s Italian Mid-Century Modern Vintage Venini Mirrors

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Carlo Scarpa for Venini Treccia Table or Vanity Mirror, Signed, Italy, 1930s
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Rare exquisite Carlo Scarpa for Venini table or vanity mirror composed of arched top with braided clear blown glass with brass inner frame and mounts, original mirrored glass and woo...
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Venini Mirror Murano Glass Brass, 1940, Italy
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Venini mirror Murano glass brass, 1940, Italy.
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Venini Mirror 1940 Murano Glass Metal Crome, Italy
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Venini mirror 1940 Murano glass metal crome, Italy.
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Venini mirrors for sale on 1stDibs

Venini mirrors are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of glass and are designed with extraordinary care. In our Venini collection, there are many options to choose from, although gray editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are 7 vintage versions of these items in stock, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original Venini mirrors were created in Italy during the 20th century in the modern style of the mid-century. If you are looking for additional options, many customers also consider mirrors by Luigi Fontana, Franco Albini and Pier Luigi Colli. The prices for Venini mirrors can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Price for these items starts at US$2,200 and tops out at US$7,250, while pieces like these can sell for US$4,047 on average.

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