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Italian Glass

The glass-making tradition in Italy is one of the most prestigious and predominant in history. Italian glass is synonymous with refined quality combined with rich color and cutting edge style, elements which began in the workshops of Venice.

Producing glass since the 8th century A.D., Venetian glassmakers rapidly rose to acclaim for their brilliant designs. The tradition itself absorbed from influences around the Mediterranean, Venetian glassmakers channel lush colors into their luminescent pieces, refining the art of glassblowing to yield remarkably transparent, almost ethereal, pieces. They also revived ancient Roman styles, such as the popular "Millefiori" pattern, as an homage to history but also as a means of continued innovation.

By the 16th and 17th centuries, Venetian glass had captivated the European continent, with their elaborate designs in high demand. This popularity continues to the present, a testament to which is the fact that tourists to Venice still stream through the glassmaking factories on the island of Murano, some of which have been in existence for generations.


Quick Facts

  • The concept of blown glass, a crucial development for Venetian glassmakers, was first developed by ancient Romans around the 1st century B.C. who used a blow pipe to shape their forms
  • The island of Murano became the hub of Venetian glass production in the late 13th century when city officials, fearing fires in the heart of Venice, forced the factories to the more isolated location
  • "Millefiore," which translates from Italian as "a thousand flowers," was given to the floral design in the mid-19th century; prior to that point, it was known simply as "Murrine"

Recommended Items at Auction

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Italian Venini Murano Art Glass Frame
Dec 04, 12:00 PM EST
Italian Venini Murano Art Glass Frame
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $800- $1,200
$3756 Bids
3 MURANO MILLEFIORI GLASS EGG SHAPED PAPERWEIGHTS
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
3 MURANO MILLEFIORI GLASS EGG SHAPED PAPERWEIGHTS
by Charleston Estate Auctions
Est: $150- $200
$256 Bids
VINTAGE MURANO ITALY CHRISTMAS TREE
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
VINTAGE MURANO ITALY CHRISTMAS TREE
by Charleston Estate Auctions
Est: $125- $175
$255 Bids
MCM MURANO GLASS MILLEFIORI FROG
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
MCM MURANO GLASS MILLEFIORI FROG
by Charleston Estate Auctions
Est: $100- $125
$205 Bids
MURANO MILLEFIORI GLASS PITCHER
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
MURANO MILLEFIORI GLASS PITCHER
by Charleston Estate Auctions
Est: $200- $250
$124 Bids
Murano Porcelain Female Stemmed Cocktail Glasses
Dec 04, 10:00 AM MST
Murano Porcelain Female Stemmed Cocktail Glasses
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$404 Bids
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LARGE MID CENTURY VINTAGE PINK MURANO CENTREPIECE, 51CM LONG
Dec 08, 9:00 AM AEST
LARGE MID CENTURY VINTAGE PINK MURANO CENTREPIECE, 51CM LONG
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD304 Bids
3 pc VINTAGE MURANO MILLEFIORI GLASS
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
3 pc VINTAGE MURANO MILLEFIORI GLASS
by Charleston Estate Auctions
Est: $250- $300
$124 Bids
SET OF 24 MURANO WHITE LATTICE STEMWARE
Dec 14, 9:00 AM CST
SET OF 24 MURANO WHITE LATTICE STEMWARE
by Jackson's International
Est: $100- $150
$1103 Bids
2 MINIATURE MURANO FILGRANO GLASS VASES
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
2 MINIATURE MURANO FILGRANO GLASS VASES
by Charleston Estate Auctions
Est: $175- $225
$143 Bids
Vintage Murano Style Art Vase
Dec 04, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Murano Style Art Vase
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$203 Bids
2 MURANO GLASS ANGELS MILLEFIORI & GOLD
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
2 MURANO GLASS ANGELS MILLEFIORI & GOLD
by Charleston Estate Auctions
Est: $150- $200
$123 Bids
3 PC VINTAGE MURANO MILLEFIORI GLASS
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
3 PC VINTAGE MURANO MILLEFIORI GLASS
by Charleston Estate Auctions
Est: $250- $360
$123 Bids
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FULVIO BIANCONI, VASE "PEZZATO"
Dec 16, 9:00 AM CET
FULVIO BIANCONI, VASE "PEZZATO"
by Schuler Auktionen
Est: CHF2,000- CHF3,000
CHF2,2002 Bids
Murano Glass Oggetti Polychrome Vase
Dec 06, 12:00 PM EST
Murano Glass Oggetti Polychrome Vase
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $50- $500
$502 Bids
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Vintage Murano Art Glass Figurine, Elephant
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Murano Art Glass Figurine, Elephant
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$202 Bids
Murano Glass Pink Zanfirico Fazzoletto Handkerchief Vase
Dec 06, 12:00 PM EST
Murano Glass Pink Zanfirico Fazzoletto Handkerchief Vase
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $50- $500
$502 Bids
MURANO Style Thick Cut Art Glass Centerpiece Vase
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
MURANO Style Thick Cut Art Glass Centerpiece Vase
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $40- $80
$22 Bids
Vintage Murano Style Glass Penguin Sculpture
Dec 04, 10:00 AM MST
Vintage Murano Style Glass Penguin Sculpture
by Monarch Auction and Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$202 Bids
3 PC MURANO MILLEFIORI ROSE BOWL - VASE - CRUET
Dec 04, 1:00 PM EST
3 PC MURANO MILLEFIORI ROSE BOWL - VASE - CRUET
by Charleston Estate Auctions
Est: $150- $250
$122 Bids
WHIMSICAL WAVY SILVER AND MURANO GLASS BOWL/CENTERPIECE
Dec 20, 10:00 PM EST
WHIMSICAL WAVY SILVER AND MURANO GLASS BOWL/CENTERPIECE
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $650- $900
$3501 Bid
Schneider Glass Vase
Dec 06, 12:00 PM EST
Schneider Glass Vase
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $50- $500
$251 Bid

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