Established 1982



The words Italian, Murano, and Venetian are mostly interchangeable when describing the glass produced in Venice, Italy, specifically on the island of Murano. For more than a thousand years glassmaking has flourished in these islands. The invention of crystal by Angelo Barovier created a demand for decorative objects to furnish the homes of the wealthy. And, the glass industry prospered. But, it was the fear of fires that led to the seclusion of glassmaking operations to the island of Murano, where most of the factories remain to this day. 

During the middle of the 20th century, Murano became a drawing card for artists and designers from other countries. Consequently, the resulting glass objects, no matter how useful,  became works of art. Brilliant colors and inspired shapes became the norm and the 1950s were the golden age of this success. Most of the offerings shown here are from this era.

These pages contain photos and descriptions of collectible Italian Glass from our personal collection of  ~30 years. Each of these beautiful pieces is for sale and priced as noted. When known, artist attribution is included. In some cases, the artist can be surmised by style and color combinations of the piece. Wear and flea bites on the bottom of pieces are not considered detrimental, and reveal the particular piece was actually used. Labels can be quite difficult to photograph; therefore, descriptions of same may be included in the write-ups to assist buyers.

Shipment costs will be actual postage plus insurance.


Triangular shaped dish, green with copper foil aventurine splashes. Measures 9 inches by 10 inches. No label. Priced at $40.00. Green, canes, bowl, b.jpg (227529 bytes) Green tri-bowl, copper, b.jpg (211791 bytes)


Black dish with red and copper aventurine splashes, cased in clear glass. Measures 8.25 inches by 11 inches. No label SOLD. Black dish, red, copper.jpg (121196 bytes) Black dish, red, copper, b.jpg (154634 bytes)


Leaf shaped dish, sea blue with multicolored murrines and silver foil. Measures 7.5 inches by 10.5 inches. No label., most likely AVEM $100.00. Leaf bowl, blue, silver.jpg (282105 bytes) Leaf bowl, blue, silver, b.jpg (245791 bytes)


Duck in matte black finish on top of body and wings; chest is clear glass with bubbles. Beak and base are clear glass with gold foil. Measures 7 inches by 9 inches high. No label. This is an exquisite example of Murano glass. SOLD A matte finish is quite uncommon in Murano glass. Duck, black, base, gold.jpg (135905 bytes) Duck, black, base, gold, b.jpg (170493 bytes) Duck, black, base, gold, c.jpg (215583 bytes)


Black dish with yellow-green and copper aventurine, cased in clear glass. Measures 10.5 inches by 11.5 inches. No label, $50.00. Black dish, yellow, copper.jpg (179522 bytes) Black dish, yellow, copper, b.jpg (181750 bytes)


Here is a delightful little dog by Archimede Seguso in black and white. This is a true art glass decorative piece. Stands 5 inches tall and 3 inches in width. Label attached. SOLD Dog, b, w, Seguso.jpg (334103 bytes) Dog, b, w, Seguso, b.jpg (519051 bytes) Dog, b, w, Seguso, label.jpg (81047 bytes)


This glass horse has hollow body and legs in clear glass with abundant gold foil. The horse rests on a 5 inch diameter round base, also containing gold leaf. Measures 8 inches across and 8 inches in height. No label but considered to be produced by Taso. $250.00. A magnificent example of early Venetian art glass. Horse, gold, on base.jpg (855612 bytes) Horse, gold, on base, b.jpg (838290 bytes)


Very nice candy or nut dish with multicolored murrines and silver foil. Has a twist on the dish edge. White bottom. Measures 8 inches in diameter. No label. $50.00. White, silver, canes, bowl.jpg (203693 bytes) White, silver, canes, bowl, b.jpg (205523 bytes)


Offered here is a beautiful cruet with stopper. The base color is red with multiple murrines and lace insets. Overall it measures 9 inches in height and 3.5 inches in diameter. No label. $165.00. In perfect condition. Cruet, stopper, red, a.jpg (513410 bytes) Cruet, stopper, red, b.jpg (523098 bytes)


This is a typical handkerchief vase in clear glass with blue and copper stripes. The original VETRI label is still attached. The vase measures 4 inches in height and 5.5  inches in diameter. $175.00. In perfect condition.  Handkerchief vase, blue, copper.jpg (506354 bytes) Handkerchief vase, blue, copper, label.jpg (606393 bytes)