A superb example of an early Mid-Century Venini fazzoletto vase in white, with the telltale Venini Murano ITALIA three-lined signature on the base. (This form of the signature was used from 1948 into the mid-1960s and is easily distinguishable from later versions.) This highly-coverted and dramatic piece is MASSIVE--9" tall and roughly as wide--one of the largest I've encountered dating from the mid-century. Some tool marks on the base, as well as the wear expected on such an old well-loved piece, but no damage.
Venini's iconic fazzoletto vase was designed by Fulvio Bianconi in 1948 and has consistently been in production since then, but naturally, the mid-century pieces are far far rarer and more collectible. Important to note: fazzolettos ("handkerchief" vases) have long been a mainstay of Murano amongst many of the makers. Artistry and form aside (the movement in this vase is extraordinary), virtually ALL Venini fazzolettos are signed. Certainly, a couple here or there may have been missed, but given that the market is flooded with imposters, only signed pieces should be assumed to be authentic. Another hallmark of Venini fazzolettos are the polished pontil--some issue from China sport rough pontils.
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