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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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Large Stunning Multi-Colored MURANO Art Glass PEACOCK
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Large Stunning Multi-Colored MURANO Art Glass PEACOCK
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$359 Bids
Very Large MURANO Art Glass Breaching SWORDFISH
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Very Large MURANO Art Glass Breaching SWORDFISH
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$509 Bids
Very Large MURANO Milky Way Galaxy Blown Art Glass Vase
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Very Large MURANO Milky Way Galaxy Blown Art Glass Vase
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$2009 Bids
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VINTAGE MURANO CASED ART GLASS TULIP VASE
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
VINTAGE MURANO CASED ART GLASS TULIP VASE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$509 Bids
Oggetti Murano Italy " Elio Raffael " Artist Signed Glass Sculpture Seguso
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Oggetti Murano Italy " Elio Raffael " Artist Signed Glass Sculpture Seguso
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
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Gorgeous Imported from Italy MURANO Art Glass Vase
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Gorgeous Imported from Italy MURANO Art Glass Vase
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$1808 Bids
LG Unique MURANO Art Glass Octopus/Jellyfish Sculpture
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
LG Unique MURANO Art Glass Octopus/Jellyfish Sculpture
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$757 Bids
Dino Rosin Italian Murano Artist Signed Sculpture
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Dino Rosin Italian Murano Artist Signed Sculpture
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$2757 Bids
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LARGE MURANO ART GLASS GREEN & GOLD STRIPED VASE
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
LARGE MURANO ART GLASS GREEN & GOLD STRIPED VASE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$507 Bids
Gorgeous MURANO Art Glass Cat Sculpture
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Gorgeous MURANO Art Glass Cat Sculpture
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$267 Bids
Large Multi-Colored MURANO Art Glass COCKATOO
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Large Multi-Colored MURANO Art Glass COCKATOO
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$286 Bids
Large Multi-Colored MURANO Art Glass PARROT
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Large Multi-Colored MURANO Art Glass PARROT
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$166 Bids
Large MURANO Art Glass Centerpiece w/Reticulated Base
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Large MURANO Art Glass Centerpiece w/Reticulated Base
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$2106 Bids
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VINTAGE GINO CENEDESE MURANO VETRI MULTI COLOR GLASS VASE
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
VINTAGE GINO CENEDESE MURANO VETRI MULTI COLOR GLASS VASE
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$455 Bids
Beautiful MURANO Dreamscape Blown Art Glass Vase
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Beautiful MURANO Dreamscape Blown Art Glass Vase
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$654 Bids
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VINTAGE MURANO ART GLASS MULTI COLOR CLOWN
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
VINTAGE MURANO ART GLASS MULTI COLOR CLOWN
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$304 Bids
Very Cool MURANO Blown Art Glass OCTOPUS
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Very Cool MURANO Blown Art Glass OCTOPUS
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$354 Bids
*Original* Pino Signoretto Murano Art Glass Centerpiece bowl
Oct 30, 6:00 PM MST
*Original* Pino Signoretto Murano Art Glass Centerpiece bowl
by Ace Of Estates
Est: $400- $1,000
$504 Bids
Murano Glass Spiral Sculpture
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Murano Glass Spiral Sculpture
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $20- $200
$804 Bids
(2 Pc) Murano Art Glass Owl Figurines
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
(2 Pc) Murano Art Glass Owl Figurines
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $20- $200
$804 Bids
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VINTAGE MURANO ART GLASS MULTI COLOR CLOWN DECANTER
Nov 07, 9:00 AM MST
VINTAGE MURANO ART GLASS MULTI COLOR CLOWN DECANTER
by Bradford's
Est: $0- $0
$353 Bids
Walter Furlan "Amanti Omaggio a Chagall" Sculpture
Oct 30, 11:30 AM EDT
Walter Furlan "Amanti Omaggio a Chagall" Sculpture
by Joshua Kodner
Est: $100- $1,000
$753 Bids
Murano Art Glass Millefiori End Of Day Cabinet Vase
Oct 30, 1:00 PM EDT
Murano Art Glass Millefiori End Of Day Cabinet Vase
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $20- $15,000
$303 Bids
Stunning MURANO Art Glass Large Pink Swan
Oct 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Stunning MURANO Art Glass Large Pink Swan
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$503 Bids

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