Laguna Glass Jar by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini Murano ca. 1932
Item e6587

A rare Venini jar in laguna glass with heart-shaped mouth and applied handle and foot in gold shaded ivory glass. Designed by Tomaso Buzzi for Venini, Murano Italy ca. 1932/33. The vase was named 'Vaso a cuore' (heart shaped vase), Venini model number 3439, no signature detectable. This is a rare example of the iconic Laguna and Alba glasses made by fusing 5 to 7 very thin glass layers with included gold foil. Venini won the Grand Prix on the 5th Milan Triennale in 1933 with their presentation.

Tomaso Buzzi (1900-1981) was one of the Italian star architects of the 20th century. As a friend of Gio Ponti he participated in the creation of the Domus magazine in the late 1920s. Buzzi was very interrested in applied arts and thus worked as a designer for Venini in the 1930s. Many of his works for Venini were inspired by ancient art. They call him as Venini´s little hero. He explored the cased incamiciato glass with great passion and developed some of the most iconic Venini glasses with the Alba, Laguna and Alga series. As Venini started producing lightning systems in the 1930 some of them were designed by Tomaso Buzzi. The lighting of the Milan Stock Exchange building was also created from his designs. 

Height: 6.3" (16 cm)
Diameter: 5.12" (13 cm)

Literature Reference:
Marino Barovier, Tomaso Buzzi at Venini, Milano 2014, page 174 and 248
Anna Venini Diaz de Santillana, Venini Catalogo Ragionato 1921-1986, Milano 2000, page 120 (for technique)
Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Gli Artisti di Venini, Milano 1996, foto 56 (color variant)

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