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.

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Auction Results Paolo Venini

PAOLO VENINI, Important Mosaico Tessuto vase | wright20.com

Paolo Venini

Important Mosaico Tessuto vase

estimate: $100,000–150,000
result: $173,000
PAOLO VENINI, Rare and Important Mosaico Tessuto vase | wright20.com

Paolo Venini

Rare and Important Mosaico Tessuto vase

estimate: $90,000–120,000
result: $117,500
PAOLO VENINI, a Murrine vase, model 3670 | wright20.com

Paolo Venini

a Murrine vase, model 3670

estimate: $40,000–60,000
result: $75,000
PAOLO VENINI, Murrine vase | wright20.com

Paolo Venini

Murrine vase

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $72,100
PAOLO VENINI, a Murrine vase, model 4704 | wright20.com

Paolo Venini

a Murrine vase, model 4704

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $65,000
PAOLO VENINI, a Dame Murrine vase, model 3910 | wright20.com

Paolo Venini

a Dame Murrine vase, model 3910

estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $60,000
PAOLO VENINI, Mosaico Tessuto vase | wright20.com

Paolo Venini

Mosaico Tessuto vase

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $54,000
PAOLO VENINI, rare a Murrine Battuto vase | wright20.com

Paolo Venini

rare a Murrine Battuto vase

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $46,250
PAOLO VENINI, Rare Mosaico Tessuto vase, model 3850 | wright20.com

Paolo Venini

Rare Mosaico Tessuto vase, model 3850

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $42,500
PAOLO VENINI, Murrine plate | wright20.com

Paolo Venini

Murrine plate

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $42,500
PAOLO VENINI, Mosaico Tessuto vase, model 3887 | wright20.com

Paolo Venini

Mosaico Tessuto vase, model 3887

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $35,000
PAOLO VENINI, a Murrine vase | wright20.com

Paolo Venini

a Murrine vase

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $30,000
PAOLO VENINI, a Murrine plate, model 4881 | wright20.com

Paolo Venini

a Murrine plate, model 4881

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $25,000
PAOLO VENINI, A Puntini Murrine vase | wright20.com

Paolo Venini

A Puntini Murrine vase

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $25,000
PAOLO VENINI, rare a Murrine plate | wright20.com

Paolo Venini

rare a Murrine plate

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $25,000
PAOLO VENINI, A Puntini Murrine vase | wright20.com

Paolo Venini

A Puntini Murrine vase

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $23,750