Paolo Venini, pair of vases, Venini production engraved series, 1956-57


Pair of Murano glass vases of different sizes, “Incisi” series, made to designs by Paolo Venini. Heavy violet and iron gray glass in superimposed colors, finished with light horizontal incisions on the entire surface. Drawings n° 3681 and 4810 of the furnace catalogue. Signed with acid under the base “venini murano ITALIA”

Dimensions: h 27 cm. And ; height 19cm.


Historical Stylistic Analysis:

The pair of vases presented here is part of one of the most representative productions by Paolo Venini (Cusano Milanino, 1895 – Venice, 1959) from the second half of the 1950s. Italian glassmaker, designer and entrepreneur, protagonist of 20th century Murano glass, contributed in a decisive way to the vitality of the art of fire, achieving extraordinary results also recognized internationally.

The Incisi are thick glass finished cold with a slight grinding and dense horizontal incisions, characterized by delicate but decisive colors, obtained thanks to the overlapping of various layers of transparent colored glass. The series, which has about fifty models, was presented in 1956 at the XXVIII Venice Biennale and the following year at the XI Milan Triennale, enjoying great success not only in Italy but also internationally, especially in the Scandinavian area, the geographical region which with its design with essential lines had inspired Paolo Venini in the conception of the same.

• Edited by Marino Barovier and Carla Sonego, Paolo Venini and his furnace, (“Design and applied arts”), Skira Editore, 2016, pp. 250, 261, 263.
• Deboni F., I Vetri Venini, Catalog 1921/2007 and History, artists, techniques, (“Archives of Decorative Arts”), Umberto Allemandi & C., 2007, Voll. I-II.

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