Venice, Italy, c. 1950
Glass manufactory Venini – Established 1925 by Paolo Venini
Design of the 1950s
Height: 87.5 cm
Foot diameter: 19.5 cm
Very good condition
This lamp stand was made during the 1950s by the glass manufactory Venini. It consists of Murano glass that merges from green to gold.
The stand is in very good condition. It comes without lampshade. It is electrified and was tested concerning functionality; no long-term guarantee. The height is 87.5 cm and the foot diameter is 19.5 cm.
Venini (est. 1925)
Venini, arguably the best known Murano glass factory, was found in 1925 by Paolo Venini. Trained as a lawyer, Venini originally partnered with Giacomo Cappellin, opening Vetri Soffiati Muranesi Cappellin Venini & C. in the islands of Murano, Italy in 1921. However, after disputes, Venini reorganized and created Venini & C. Embracing Modernism, Paolo Venini moved away from the traditionalNovencentostyle vases, incorporating boldly striped translucent designs, elegant shapes and brilliant colors. Designers of Venini have included Carlo Scarpa, Tyra Lundgren, Napoleon Martinuzzi, Gio Ponti, Fulvio Bianconi, as well as the company’s founder, Paolo Venini.
Glass from Murano
Murano, the small island in front of Venice, is known worldwide for its high quality glass production. Even though the art of glass making has been known in the Roman Empire, this knowledge has been lost in the Middle Ages. It was kept in Byzantium though and since Venice was one of its main trade partners, the knowledge came to Venice around 980 a. D. Venice banned the glass makers on the islands to protect the city from fire and also to protect the secret of glass making from spies. Glass making became one of the city’s most important source of income. Mainly thanks to the efforts of Louis XIV to sought after the secret of glassmaking, it became known to the rest of Europe around the beginning of the 17th century. Up to this day the special art of manufacturing the Murano glass wares is still only known to those who live and work on the island. (eli)
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