From Historicism to Modernism

The Barovier family and the rediscovery and evolution of murrine and mosaic glass

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Jan 18, 2019 · 8 min read

by Jim Oliveira

1921 is often cited as the year Modernism came to Murano. This date, of course, coincides with the opening of the Venini glassworks. And while it is true that the Venini company was modern in every sense of the word, a compelling argument can also be made that the Barovier family, one of the oldest and most traditional glass-blowing families on Murano, was actually the first to introduce a Modernist style and aesthetic to Murano glass, and at a much earlier date.

Unique and Important Mosaico vase by Artisti Barovier, 1918–19. Photo by Wright
Transparenti vase, model 5673 by Carlo Scarpa, 1926. Photo by Wright
A period photo of a 1960s Intarsio vase by Ercole Barovier
Above: Period advertisement for the Mostra dei Fiori, Venice, 1914; Giuseppe Barovier at the Mostra dei Fiori, 1914; below: A Murrine Floreali vase for Mostra dei Fiori by Giuseppe Barovier, 1914. Photo by Wright
Rare and Important Mosaico vae by Nicolò Barovier, c. 1924. Photo by Wright; Period photograph of a similar osaic vase designed by Nicolò Barovier, 1920–1925
Laguna vase, model 3619 by Tomaso Buzzi, 1933–35. Photo by Wright

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