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Murano bowl, Barbini (1950s)

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Murano and Italian Art Glass1215 of 1307Murano sommerso vase, unknown designer and factoryVenetian modern era urn vase
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Posted 6 years ago

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This is the very first glass item I ever got and is a really lovely one, with its black and red colour, the golden dust inclussions and the irregularly shaped bubbles.

I want to thank Dean at MuranoArtGlass for helping me identifying this bowl. Now i know it was made by Barbini in the 1950s.

As found on the internet: "Alfredo Barbini began learning the art of glass making in 1912, aged ten, at Abate Zanetti, the design school attached to the Murano Glass museum. He then went on to work for Ferro Toso, Cristalleria Murano, Zecchin-Martinuzzi, Seguso Vetri'dArte and Vetri Artistici Muranesi Societa Anonima. In 1946 he became a partner at Cenedese, and then began Barbini Glassworks in 1950. Barbini has become renowned for his heavy, thick sculptural forms which have won him many awards. In 1952 Alfredo's daugher Oceania Barbini-Moretti joined the glassworks and is now the company's sales manager. His son Flavio became a designer for the firm in 1968."

Will it be a design by Oceania Barbini-Moretti?

Mystery Solved


  1. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
    Thank you very much, Dean! I'm now looking for Barbini glas and I can see some simmilar designs. It's great being able to put as name on the very first item in my collection!

    Well, I don't have but a couple of Murano items as my interest lay mostly on Scandinavian glass, but would love to take a look at it anyway!
  2. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
    It definitely is a Barbini bowl, Dean!!! Such a pity you cannot my huge smile right now :) THANKS!
  3. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 6 years ago
    haha, thanks Scandi! :) It really looks like a geode... I really think it's stunning but after all Barbini was considered the best of glassblowers in 1940s/1950s Murano... I'm so proud of this piece after learning that!

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