This group of three vessels with lids are from a series designed by Paolo Venini in 1959 inspired by apothecary jars from the 19th century. They express a playful, almost child-like interpretation of late Victorian style, which was popular in graphic design, fashion and film during the late 50s and early 60s. They also possess a touch of the Kremlin Domes.

Period drawing of model 4742, 1959
Period drawing of model 4744, 1959
Period drawing of model 4741, 1959
Period photograph, 1960s

Paolo Venini 1895–1959

Paolo Venini was born in Cusano, Italy on January 12, 1895 to a middle class Lombard family. As a young man he studied law in Milan. During the first war he was stationed near Venice where he became fascinated with the glass mosaics and stained glass of St. Mark’s cathedral. After the war he began a law practice but soon came under the influence of Venetian art and antiquities dealer Giacomo Cappellin who convinced the young Venini to join him as a business partner in a new Murano glass enterprise in 1921. Since then it has become almost impossible to discuss the life of Paolo Venini as separate from his company—all the available biographical material about him lacks personal detail and inevitably lists towards the celebrated history of the company. Venini’s biography is, therefore, the story of a man whose literal personality has been subsumed by his professional life and persona.

Learn More

Auction Results Paolo Venini