Murano Glass of the 1930s

Taking a cue from Carlo Scarpa and his success with the use of opaque glass at MVM Cappellin, other Muranese manufacturers began to produce a diverse range of opaque glass objects in the Novecento style. The sculptor Napoleone Martinuzzi’s works for Venini also proved to be influential, especially his use of large-scale shapes based on ancient Roman examples. Pieces from his own company, Zecchin Martinuzzi, along with pieces from Barovier Seguso Ferro, Fratelli Toso and others tell the story of changing times on Murano and a shift away from the delicate classical elegance of the 1920s toward the more muscular Roman style of the 1930s.