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Venini Chandelier Midcentury in Gilded Glass and Brass Elegant, 1950



Elegant chandelier from the Venini factory in glass and brass from the 1950s. The chandelier is in perfect original condition. The pendant is composed of 24 parallelepipeds with a triangular base in solid gilded glass. The glasses are hand ground in various sizes. The glass pendants are inserted in different crowns that frame the brass structure, where they create beautiful plays of light. In the central area, the chandelier, is composed of 16 pendants of various sizes. The longest pendant measures 53 cm while the average one measures 43 cm. The two measures are inserted in a staggered way. In the area below and inside there are 8 colored pendants of the same size (23 cm) that frame the structure. The chandelier has a tubular brass structure. Halfway through the structure, at different heights, 24 brass tubes radiate, acting as bearing elements for the insertion of the glass. Each tube is numbered to facilitate the insertion of the latter. The pendant consists of 8 lights placed 4 at the top and 4 at the bottom, to radiate the best of the room. All the glasses are made of solid gold-coloured glass. Once you access this chandelier will amaze you by the great beauty that emanates its plays of light.


  • Creator
    Venini (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 39.38 in. (100 cm)Diameter: 13.78 in. (35 cm)
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. The chandelier, as you can see from the photos, is in perfect vintage condition.
  • Seller Location
    Milano, IT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4911215563121

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    Ships From: milano, Italy
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About Venini (Manufacturer)

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.

About the Seller
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Located in Milano, Italy
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Established in 2010
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