Murano Glass of the Novecento Period

In the late 1920s Murano glass underwent a profound transformation from the transparent to the opaque.  By the early 1930s all of the major Murano companies began to produce high quality objects in various types of opaque glass, including large-scale vessels with shapes drawn from classical antiquity.  

These pieces were often embellished with quickly drawn handles, collars, lip wraps and feet applied specifically to direct the viewers attention to the power of the simplified forms.  This artistic convention, combined with the use of bold, often contrasting colors accentuated with gold and/or silver leaf, captured the essence of Italian Novecento style.