Barbini Glass Identification Guide + Gallery

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Alfredo Barbini began learning the art of glass making in 1912, aged ten, at Abate Zanetti, the design school attached to the Murano Glass museum. He then went on to work for Ferro Toso, Cristalleria Murano, Zecchin-Martinuzzi, Seguso Vetri'dArte and Vetri Artistici Muranesi Societa Anonima. In 1946 he became a partner at Cenedese, and then began Barbini Glassworks in 1950. Barbini has become renowned for his heavy, thick sculptural forms which have won him many awards. In 1952 Alfredo's daugher Oceania Barbini-Moretti joined the glassworks and is now the company's sales manager. His son Flavio became a designer for the firm in 1968.

Sources: 20th Century Factory Glass by Lesley Jackson.

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Barbini 1950's Murano Glass Gold Leaf 'Circus Tent' Bowl

A creamy white Murano glass "circus tent" bowl with gold leaf inclusions and copper aventurine stripes. Made by Barbini.

Barbini 1950's Murano Glass Gold Leaf 'Circus Tent' Bowl

A creamy white Murano glass "circus tent" bowl with gold leaf inclusions and orangey red stripes. Made by Barbini.

Barbini Murano Biomorphic Glass 'Circuis Tent' Bowl

A pink Murano glass "circus tent" bowl with gold leaf inclusions and creamy white stripes. Made by Barbini.

Barbini Murano Amber & White Cased Glass Geode Bowl

An amber and white glass geode bowl. Most likely made by Barbini, similar labelled examples online.

Barbini Murano Biomorphic Gold Leaf Lattimo Glass Bowl

A bright yellow and creamy white Murano glass Mexican hat bowl with gold leaf inclusions and bullicante bubble effect. Probably made by Barbini.

Barbini Murano Bullicante Gold Leaf Biomorphic Blue Glass Bowl

A blue and white Murano glass bowl with gold leaf inclusions and bullicante bubble effect. Made by Barbini.

Barbini Murano Biomorphic Red & Black Glass Gold Leaf Bowl

A red and black Murano glass bowl with gold leaf inclusions and bullicante bubble effect. Made by Barbini.

Barbini Murano Biomorphic Red & Black Glass Gold Leaf Bowl

A red and black Murano glass bowl with gold leaf inclusions and bullicante bubble effect. Made by Barbini.

Barbini Murano Red, White & Amber Glass Biomorphic Bowl

A red, amber and white Murano glass ashtray bowl. Probably made by Barbini.

Barbini Murano Green, White & Amber Glass Biomorphic Bowl

A green, amber and white Murano glass ashtray bowl. Probably made by Barbini.

Barbini Murano Green, White & Amber Glass Biomorphic Bowl

A green, amber and white Murano glass ashtray bowl. Probably made by Barbini.

Barbini Murano Biomorphic Pink & White Glass Gold Leaf Bowl

A pink Murano glass ashtray bowl with gold leaf inclusions. Probably made by Barbini.

Barbini Murano Red & Gold Leaf Glass Biomorphic Bowl

An orangey red and white Murano glass ashtray bowl with gold leaf inclusions. Made by Barbini.

Barbini Murano Pink & Gold Leaf Glass Biomorphic Bowl

A pink and white Murano glass ashtray bowl with gold leaf inclusions. Made by Barbini.


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References

For more information on Barbini glass, check out the following resources:

Books


ITALIAN GLASS (Schiffer Book for Collectors with Price Guide) | ISBN 978-0764319297


20th Century Factory Glass | ISBN 978-1857322675

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