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Pair of Italian Wall Lamps by Venini in Pink Zanfirico Glass and Brass

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$4,578.46per set


A rare and elegant pair of wall lamps by Venini from the 1950s. The wall lamps are made of an extraordinary Zanfirico glass. Zanfirico glass is also a variant of filigree. In this case, the rods produced are woven into various fine shapes and juxtaposed so that blown glass can be obtained which, from the centre, flows outwards like segments. Each lamp has a single light inside, supported by a brass element. The sconce has an hourglass shape where its magnificent glass takes shape through its interweaving. The wall lights are ideal for classy entrances or elegant living rooms. The wall lights are in perfect condition, the brass is in good patina.


  • Creator
    Venini (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 8.67 in. (22 cm)Width: 6.3 in. (16 cm)Depth: 5.52 in. (14 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • 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 wall lights are in perfect condition, the brass is in good patina. It is recommended that the electrical system is rebuilt according to the current regulations of your country.
  • Seller Location
    Milano, IT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4911224333392

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About the 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.
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