Paolo Venini, rare and important Mosaico Tessuto vase

Paolo Venini

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Paolo Venini, rare and important Mosaico Tessuto vase

unforget says

The vases of the Mosaico Tessuto series are probably among the rarest and most delicate pieces of Venini's post-war production.
The first stage of production consisted in making a glass “fabric” made up of very fine glass canes of different colors according to a given pattern.
The resulting pieces were then arranged in crossing with an appearance of chance which was of course only an appearance ...
Paolo Venini used for this series shapes borrowed from ceramic shapes.
Gio Ponti will speak about the extreme delicacy of this series in Domus of April 1955.
The series has been published many times, it covers the exhibition held at Le Stanze del Vetro edited by Marino Barovier and Carla Sonega. (See below).
On page 230 we find a vase of the same shape exhibited during the 27th Venice Biennale. (See below).
This vase bears the "Venini Murano Italia" acid seal and was therefore produced before 1965. It is in an excellent state of conservation.

Designer: Paolo Venini
Manufacturer: Venini
Circa 1950
H 8 1/4in. - 21 cm x L 5 in. - 13 cm x D 4 1/4in - 10,5 cm
All photos are from Ludovic Vandenweghe for

Venini Murano

A brief history


unforget says

Paolo Venini founded his own glassworks in 1925, following the bankruptcy of Cappelin Venini and Co.
Under Napoleone Martinuzzi’s artistic direction, the company continued to produce pieces designed by Vittorio Zecchin.

Quickly, the pieces moved from classical shapes and designs to a more original style developed by Martinuzzi who was a sculptor.
In 1932, Napoleone Martinuzzi and Francesco Zecchin left the glassworks. The name then changed to Venini et co.
Tommaso Buzzi was then hired to take charge of the factory’s artistic direction. He only stayed for a short period of time.
The legacy left by Buzzi is of paramount importance for the change of the production.
Buzzi brings innovative forms and never seen colors schemes.

Carlo Scarpa joined the company in 1934.
Scarpa took over the factory’s artistic direction till 1947.
Together with Paolo Venini who also often took on the role of designer, they will breathed new life into the company and made the best use of the material potential, colors and finishes.

By combining ancestral techniques with a perfect knowledge of the trade, Carlo Scarpa will invented new series which met with significant success and were prized many times.
Remember the « mezza filigrana, the « sommersi » the « battuti », the « corrosi » but also the famous « a pennelatte »

After World War II, Paolo Venini hired a large number of artists and architects. Gio Ponti, Tyra Lundgren and especially Fulvio Bianconi who contribued to the company’s new stylistic direction.

After Paolo Venini’s death in 1959, Ludovico Diaz de Santillana, Venini’s son-in-law, became artistic director.

A lot of prominent international designers then worked with the factory’s direction: Tobia Scarpa, Laura de Santillana, Thomas Stearns, Toni Zuccheri, …

In 1986, the Venini family sold their stake in the company.
New shareholders carried on and collaborated with designers such as Timo Sarpaneva, Marco Zanini, Ettore Sottsass and Alessandro Mendini, among others.

The company still exists today and is part of the Damiani group.

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