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commenced 1923

manufacturer (organisation)


Padua, Italy 1915 – Milan, Italy 1996


28 August, 1915 – 13 May, 1996

Fazzoletto corroso (Handkerchief) vase [Fazzoletto corroso vase] c.1950 Description: blown, acid-etched glass
Place made: Venice, Veneto, Venezia province, Italy
Materials & Technique: glass, glass blown and hot-tooled, with 'corroso' decoration

Primary Insc: Acid-etched, base, "venini/ murano/ ITALIA"
Dimensions: 30.0 h x 26.0 w x 26.0 d cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1997
Accession No: NGA 98.19

The Venetian island of Murano has been a centre for glass for centuries. Venini is one of its best-known firms, producing a wide range of expressive and flamboyant glass, including this folded handkerchief-shaped vase. It has been produced since 1948 in a number of different sizes and glass styles, making it one of the most recognisable of the objects that characterise postwar Italian design. This version, in translucent mauve glass, has a textured surface known as corroso. This technique produces a corroded, weathered surface by partially masking the surface of the glass before it is etched with acid.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2016
Author: Dr Robert Bell AM - Senior Curator Decorative Arts and Design