Soffiato Glass of the 1920s
The elegant, transparent glass produced on the island of Murano in the 1920s is often referred to as soffiato, which translates from Italian as blown or, more poetically, breath. Executed in pale or gem-tone colors, these vessels are a synthesis of high Renaissance elegance and reduced modernist simplicity.
First popularized in the early 1920s, soffiato glass was developed by Paolo Venini, his business partner Giacomo Cappellin, and the young Venetian artist Vittorio Zecchin who collectively believed that Murano glass had become too ornamental, and that it no longer appealed to modern taste.
Beginning in 1921, Zecchin designed a wide range of soffiato vessels for Venini which captured the zeitgeist of the new century. Met with both critical and popular success, soffiato became the new standard for Murano glass.