Monday, November 4, 2013

Gifts of Grandeur: The Veronese Vase, 1922-1935

Vase by Zecchin for Cappellin, Venini & Co.
The Victoria & Albert Museum

This handsome vase was named after the Italian painter Paolo Caliari who was known as "Veronese."  The design was inspired by his painting of "The Annunciation" which is now in the Accademia, Venice.

The composition of this vase was, for many years, the symbol of the Venini glassworks in Venice. This masterpiece was first shown at the Autumn Salon, Paris, 1922.

The design is still being produced today. When this vase was presented to the V&A in 1971, the donor suggested that it was an 'early' version of the design--created by Vittorio Zecchin, for Cappellin, Venini & Co., and made by Venini & Co. of Murano, Italy. Though designed in 1922,' this piece was probably made between 1930 and 1935.

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