Vintage Venini Chandeliers
Vintage Venini Chandeliers are glass chandeliers produced by the Italina manufacturer Venini.
Brief history and description
The Venini glass factory was founded in 1921 by Paolo Venini and Giacomo Gappelin in Italy, and became one of the most highly regarded glass factories in Italian history.
Venini became well known for designing glass vases that appeared as if they were glowing from the inside, however, their popular glass chandelier designs became incredibly popular during the 1950s and 1960s as well, and over the past few decades Venini's glass chandeliers have been used in hundreds of different palaces and hotels all around the world.
Some of the many designers who ended up working for Venini include Philip Baldwin, Claudio Silvetrin, Fulvia Bianconi, Gio Ponti and Carlo Scarpa.
Guide for collectors
A Venini coloured "ballotton" glass sphere chandelier with painted metal is considered to be the most rare and valuable among collectors, as well as chandeliers that are made out of lattimo glass and brass.
Restoration of a vintage Venini chandelier is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring a vintage Venini chandelier may decrease its value.
For more information regarding vintage Venini chandeliers, visit Venini's official website.
Phillips de Pury & Company in New York sold:
- A six-arm Venini chandelier made out of lattimo glass, brass and glass (circa 1941) for $22,000 in December of 2010.
- A Venini coloured "ballotton" glass sphere chandelier with painted metal (circa 1962) for £48,000 in September of 2011.
- A Venini chandelier (circa 1941) made out of lattimo glass, clear glass and brass for $26,000 in May of 2011.
- A Venini chandelier (circa 1931 to 1935) made out of copper-plated metal and filigrana glass for $10,000 in December of 2011.
Rago Arts and Auction Center in Lambertville, New Jersey sold a Venini chandelier made of polyhedron clear glass for $9,000 in October of 2009.
Sotheby's in Amsterdam sold a red Venini chandelier made of murano glass (circa 1930) for €8,294 in September of 2002.
Kamelot Auctions in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania sold a Venini chandelier featuring a honeycomb form design, an upper tier with a draping spiral and approximately 2,160 crystals (10 feet in height) for $7,000 in February of 2008.
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