Murano Sommerso Glass Identification Guide + Gallery

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The Sommerso technique was originally developed in the 1930's by Antonio Da Ross. Sommerso (Italian for "submerged") is the Murano glassmaking technique of creating two or more layers of contrasting glass without the colours mixing together. It is formed by dipping coloured glass into molten glass of a different colour, before blowing the glass into the required form. The outermist layer is often clear. During the 1950's the Sommerso style became world famous due to the work of Flavio Poli, artistic director of Seguso Vetri d'Arte. There have since been many other factories in the Murano region which have made pieces in this style, and as such it is difficult to be certain of the manufacturer without labels or signatures present. Other well known manufacturers that have produced glassware in the Sommerso style include Mandruzzato, Galliano Ferro, Formia, Oball, Arte Nuova and Luigi Onesto.

See also: Murano Faceted Glass and Murano Glass Geodes

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Seguso Vetri d'Arte Murano Sommerso Glass Bottle Vase by Mario Pinzoni

A purple and blue Murano glass "Sommerso" bottle vase. Made by Seguso Vetri d'Arte, probably designed by Mario Pinzoni.

Seguso Vetri d'Arte Signed Flavio Poli Sommerso Candlesticks

A pair of green, amber and clear Murano glass "Sommerso" candlestick holders. Made by Seguso Vetri d'Arte, signed.

Seguso Vetri d'Arte Glass Perfume Bottle - Flavio Poli

A green and blue Murano glass "Sommerso" perfume bottle. Made by Seguso Vetri d'Arte, pattern number 13937/P, labelled.

Archimede Seguso Murano Sommerso Glass Bowl - Labelled

A purple and pink "Sommerso" Murano glass ashtray bowl. Made by Archimede Seguso, labelled.

Galliano Ferro Murano Sommerso Purple & Blue Glass Stem Vase

A purple, blue and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass stem vase. Made by Galliano Ferro.

Galliano Ferro Murano Sommerso Purple & Blue Glass Stem Vase

A purple, turquoise and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass stem vase. Made by Galliano Ferro.

Galliano Ferro Murano Sommerso Green & Amber Glass Stem Vase

A green, amber and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass stem vase. Made by Galliano Ferro.

Galliano Ferro Murano Sommerso Red & Blue Glass Stem Vase

A red, blue and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass stem vase. Made by Galliano Ferro.

Oball Murano Pink + White Sommerso Glass Vase - Labelled

A pink, white and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase. Made by Oball, labelled.

Oball Murano Pink + White Sommerso Glass Vase - Labelled

A pink, white and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase. Made by Oball, labelled.

LABELLED Oball Murano Pink & Black Sommerso Glass Teardrop Vase

A pink, black and clear Murano "Sommerso" organic glass vase. Made by Oball, labelled.

LARGE Murano/Venetian Green & Amber Sommerso Glass Vase

A green, amber and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase with applied clear decoration.

Arte Nuova Pustetto & Zanetti Murano Sommerso Uranium Glass Vase

A brown, uranium yellow and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase. Made by Arte Nuova, labelled.

Arte Nuova Pustetto & Zanetti Murano Sommerso Uranium Glass Vase

A brown, uranium yellow and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase. Made by Arte Nuova.

Arte Nuova Pustetto & Zanetti Murano Sommerso Uranium Glass Vase

A green, uranium yellow and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase. Made by Arte Nuova.

Arte Nuova Pustetto & Zanetti Murano Sommerso Uranium Glass Vase

A purple, uranium yellow and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase. Made by Arte Nuova.

Arte Nuova Pustetto & Zanetti Murano Pink & Blue Sommerso Glass Vase

A pink, blue and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase. Made by Arte Nuova.

Arte Nuova Pustetto & Zanetti Murano Brown & Amber Sommerso Glass Vase

A brown, amber and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase. Made by Arte Nuova.

Arte Nuova Pustetto & Zanetti Murano Vintage Amber Sommerso Glass Vase

A brown, amber and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase. Made by Arte Nuova.

Arte Nuova Pustetto & Zanetti Murano Vintage Amber Sommerso Glass Vase

A brown, amber and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase. Made by Arte Nuova.

Arte Nuova Pustetto & Zanetti Murano Purple & Blue Sommerso Glass Vase

A purple, blue and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase. Made by Arte Nuova.

Arte Nuova Pustetto & Zanetti Murano Green & Amber Sommerso Glass Vase

A green, amber and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase. Made by Arte Nuova.

Murano/Venetian Sommerso Pink Glass Vase

A pink, green, amber and clear Murano "Sommerso" organic glass vase. Possibly by Arte Nuova.

Murano/Venetian Sommerso Organic Green Glass Vase

A green, amber, blue and clear Murano "Sommerso" organic glass vase. Possibly by Arte Nuova.

Murano/Venetian Purple & Blue Sommerso Glass Vase

A pink, blue and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase. Possibly by Arte Nuova.

LABELLED Murano/Venetian Orange & Amber Sommerso Glass Stem Vase

An orange, amber and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase. Label reads "Genuine Venetian Glass, Made in Murano, Italy".

Murano 1950's Turquoise & Blue Sommerso Glass Vase

A turquoise and blue Murano "Sommerso" glass vase.

Murano 1950's Turquoise & Blue Sommerso Glass Stem Vase

A turquoise and blue Murano "Sommerso" glass vase.

Cristallo Venezia CCC Murano Green & Pink Cased Glass Bowl

A green, pink and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass sculptural bowl. Made by Cristallo Venezia CCC. Reference: [click here].

Cristallo Venezia CCC Murano Pink & Green Sommerso Glass Bowl

A green, pink and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass sculptural bowl. Made by Cristallo Venezia CCC.

Cristallo Venezia CCC Murano Green & Amber Sommerso Glass Bowl

A green, amber and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass sculptural bowl. Made by Cristallo Venezia CCC.

Cristallo Venezia Murano Green & Amber Sommerso Glass Sculpture Bowl

A green, amber and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass sculptural bowl. Probably made by Cristallo Venezia CCC.

Cristallo Venezia CCC Murano Pink & Blue Sommerso Glass Bowl

A pink, blue and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass sculptural bowl. Probably made by Cristallo Venezia CCC.

Cristallo Venezia CCC Murano Pink & Blue Sommerso Glass Bowl

A pink and blue Murano "Sommerso" glass sculptural bowl. Probably made by Cristallo Venezia CCC.

Cristallo Venezia CCC Murano Green & Amber Sommerso Glass Bowl

A green and amber Murano "Sommerso" glass sculptural bowl. Probably made by Cristallo Venezia CCC.

Artistica Murano CCC Vintage Purple & Blue Sommerso Glass Fish Figurine

A purple, blue and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass fish sculpture. Made by Artistica Murano CCC. Reference: [click here].

Murano/Venetian Purple & Blue Sommerso Glass Vase

A purple, blue and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase.

Murano/Venetian Purple & Blue Sommerso Glass Vase

A purple, blue and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase.

Murano / Venetian Purple & Blue Vintage Sommerso Glass Vase

A purple, blue and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase.

Murano/Venetian Purple & Blue Sommerso Glass Vase

A purple, blue and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase.

Murano/Venetian Red & Green Sommerso Glass Vase

A red, green and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase.

Murano/Venetian Red & Green Sommerso Glass Vase

A red, green and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase.

Murano/Venetian Red & Green Sommerso Glass Vase

A red, green and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase.

Murano/Venetian Red & Green Sommerso Glass Vase

A red, green and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase.

Murano/Venetian Blue & Uranium Sommerso Glass Vase/Jug

A blue, uranium yellow and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase.

Murano/Venetian Blue & Uranium Green Sommerso Glass Vase

A blue, uranium yellow and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase.

Murano/Venetian Blue & Uranium Green Sommerso Glass Vase

A blue, uranium yellow and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase.

Murano/Venetian Blue & Green Sommerso Glass Basket Vase

A blue, green and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass basket shaped vase.

Murano/Venetian Red & Uranium Sommerso Glass Basket Vase

A red, uranium yellow and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass basket shaped vase.

Murano/Venetian Red & Peach Sommerso Glass Vase

A red, peach and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase.

Murano/Venetian Orange & Uranium Green Sommerso Glass Vase

An orange, uranium green and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase.

Murano/Venetian Grey & Blue Sommerso Glass Vase

A smokey grey, blue and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase.

Murano/Venetian Green & Uranium Green Sommerso Glass Vase

A green, uranium yellow and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase.

Murano/Venetian Green & Amber Sommerso Glass Vase

A green, amber and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase.

Murano/Venetian Green & Peach Sommerso Glass Vase

An orange, uranium green and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase.

Murano/Sommerso 1950's Brown & Amber Glass Vase

A brown, amber and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase.

Murano/Sommerso 1950's Blue & Green Glass Vase

A blue, green and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase.

Murano Vintage Green & Amber Sommerso Cased Glass Vase

A green, amber and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase.

Murano Vintage Brown & Amber Sommerso Glass Vase

A brown, amber and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase.

Murano Red, Amber & Blue Sommerso Glass Cylinder Vase

A red, amber and blue Murano "Sommerso" glass vase.

Murano 1950's Green & Amber Sommerso Glass Vase

A green, amber and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase.

Murano / Venetian Red & Amber Vintage Sommerso Glass Vase

A red, amber and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase.

Murano / Venetian Green & Amber Sommerso Glass Vintage Vase

A green, amber and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase.

HUGE Murano Purple & Uranium Green Sommerso Glass Vase

A purple, uranium yellow and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass vase.

Murano/Venetian Purple & Green Sommerso Glass Stem Vase

A purple and green Murano "Sommerso" glass stem vase.

Murano/Venetian Red & Amber Sommerso Glass Stem Vase

A red, amber and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass stem vase, with generic Murano glass label.

Murano Italian Pink & Blue Sommerso Cased Glass Stem Vase

A pink, blue and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass stem vase.

Murano / Venetian Brown & Amber Sommerso Glass Stem Vase

A brown, amber and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass stem vase.

Murano/Venetian Red & Blue Sommerso Glass Vase/Jug

A red, blue and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass jug.

Murano/Venetian Green & Yellow Sommerso Glass Vase/Jug

A green, amber and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass jug, with Hans Geismar import label.

Murano/Venetian Purple & Green Sommerso Glass Vase/Jug

A purple, green and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass jug.

Murano/Venetian Pink & Amber Sommerso Glass Vase/Jug

A pink, amber and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass jug.

Murano/Venetian Red & Uranium Sommerso Glass Vase/Jug

A red and uranium green Murano "Sommerso" glass jug, with Hans Geismar import label.

Murano/Venetian Red & Uranium Green Sommerso Glass Jug/Vase

A red and uranium yellow Murano "Sommerso" glass jug.

Murano Blue & Uranium Green Sommerso Glass Jug/Vase

A blue and uranium green Murano "Sommerso" glass jug.

Murano/Venetian Red & Blue Sommerso Glass Jug/Vase

A red and blue Murano "Sommerso" glass jug.

HUGE Murano / Venetian Uranium Green Sommerso Glass Bowl

A green, uranium yellow and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass bowl.

Murano/Venetian Pink & Uranium Green Sommerso Glass Bowl

A pink, uranium yellow and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass ashtray bowl.

Murano/Venetian Green & Amber Sommerso Glass Bowl

A green, amber and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass ashtray bowl.

Murano/Venetian Green & Amber Sommerso Biomorphic Glass Bowl

A blue, amber and clear Murano "Sommerso" glass ashtray bowl.

Murano Red & Amber Sommerso Glass Organic Sculpture Bowl

A red and amber Murano sommerso glass sculpture bowl. Bears a red foil Hans Geismar "HG Venetian Art Glass" import label.

Murano Red & Amber Sommerso Glass Organic Sculpture Bowl

A red and amber Murano sommerso glass sculpture bowl. Bears a red foil Hans Geismar "HG Venetian Art Glass" import label.

Murano Blue/Amber Sommerso Glass Organic Sculpture Bowl

A blue and amber Murano sommerso glass sculpture bowl. Bears a red foil Hans Geismar "HG Venetian Art Glass" import label.

Murano Green/Amber Sommerso Glass Organic Sculpture Bowl

A green and amber Murano sommerso glass sculpture bowl.

Murano Green & Amber Sommerso Cased Glass Sculpture Bowl

A green and amber Murano sommerso glass sculpture bowl.

Murano Blue & Amber Sommerso Glass Organic Sculpture Bowl

A blue and amber Murano sommerso glass sculpture bowl.

Murano/Venetian Blue & Uranium Green Sommerso Glass Bowl

A blue and uranium yellow Murano "Sommerso" glass bowl.

Murano Red & Amber Sommerso Glass Organic Sculpture Bowl

A red and amber Murano "Sommerso" glass bowl.

Murano Uranium Green Sommerso Glass Decorative Bottle

A turquoise and uranium yellow Murano sommerso glass decorative bottle.

Murano Blue Sommerso 1950's Glass Decorative Bottle

A blue Murano sommerso glass decorative bottle.

Murano Green + Yellow Sommerso Glass Decorative Bottle

A green, yellow and clear Murano sommerso glass decorative bottle.

Murano Red + Amber Sommerso Glass Decorative Bottle

A red and amber Murano sommerso glass decorative bottle.

Murano Blue & Uranium Green Sommerso Glass Cockerel Figurine

A turquoise blue and uranium green Murano sommerso glass cockerel figurine. Bears a foil Hans Geismar "HG Venetian Art Glass" import label.

Murano Red & Lilac / Blue Neodymium Sommerso Glass Swan Figurine

A red and lilac / blue Murano sommerso neodymium glass swan with "Bullicante" controlled bubble effect.

Murano/Sommerso Green & Amber Bullicante Glass Swan Sculpture

A green, amber and clear Murano sommerso glass swan with "Bullicante" controlled bubble effect.

Murano/Venetian Red & Uranium Green Sommerso Glass Swan

A red, amber and clear Murano sommerso glass swan with "Bullicante" controlled bubble effect.

Murano Purple & Uranium Green Sommerso Glass Swan Figurine

A purple and uranium yellow Murano sommerso glass swan figurine.

Murano Amber & Uranium Yellow Sommerso Glass Swan Figurine

An amber and uranium yellow Murano sommerso glass swan figurine.

Murano / Sommerso Uranium Green & Pink Glass Swan Sculpture

A pink and uranium yellow Murano sommerso glass swan figurine.

Murano Purple & Blue Sommerso Glass Swan Figurine

A purple, blue and clear Murano sommerso glass swan figurine.

Murano/Sommerso Blue & Uranium Cased Glass Swan Sculpture

A blue and uranium yellow Murano sommerso glass swan figurine.

Murano/Sommerso Brown & Amber Cased Glass Swan Sculpture

A brown and amber Murano sommerso glass swan figurine.

Murano Red, Amber & Uranium Green Sommerso Glass Swan Figurine

A red, amber and uranium green Murano sommerso glass swan figurine with generic Murano glass label.

Murano Red & Amber Cased Sommerso Glass Swan Figurine

A red and amber Murano sommerso glass swan figurine.

Murano Blue & Amber Sommerso Glass Swan or Duck Figurine

An amber, blue and clear Murano sommerso glass swan or duck figurine.

Murano Blue & Amber Sommerso Glass Swan Figurine

A blue, amber and clear Murano sommerso glass swan figurine.

Murano/Venetian Green & Uranium Sommerso Glass Fish

A green, uranium yellow and clear Murano sommerso glass fish sculpture.

Murano Vintage Orange & Amber Sommerso Glass Fish Sculpture

An orange, amber and clear Murano sommerso glass fish sculpture.


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