Murano Zanfirico Glass Identification Guide + Gallery

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Zanfirico is a technique invented by glass makers on the Venetian island of Murano, Italy. Zanfirico glass consists of fine filigree canes which have been stretched and twisted to form beautiful lattice patterns. The name Zanfirico derives from the surname of a 19th century Italian art dealer, Antonio Sanquirico, however the Zanfirico technique has been used as far back as the 16th century, when it was originally known as 'Filigrana a Retortoli'. Many Murano glass manufacturers use Zanfirico canes in their glassware production, including Venini, Aureliano Toso, Fratelli Toso, and AVeM.

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Zanfirico Glass by Salviati

Salviati Murano Zanfirico & Copper Aventurine Glass Vase

A miniature Murano glass dimpled vase with copper aventurine, white zanfirico lattice filigree, and pink & yellow ribbons. Made by Salviati.

Salviati Murano Zanfirico & Aventurine Glass Tumbler/Vase

A small Murano glass vase or tumbler with copper aventurine, white zanfirico lattice filigree, and blue & yellow ribbons. Made by Salviati.

Salviati Murano Zanfirico & Aventurine Green & White Glass Plate

A Murano glass plate with copper aventurine, white zanfirico lattice filigree and green twisted ribbons. Made by Salviati.

Salviati Murano Zanfirico & Aventurine Blue Glass Plate

A Murano glass plate with copper aventurine, and white and blue zanfirico lattice filigree. Made by Salviati.

Salviati Zanfirico & Aventurine Pink Glass Plate

A Murano glass plate with copper aventurine, white zanfirico lattice filigree and pink ribbons. Made by Salviati.

Salviati Murano Zanfirico & Aventurine Purple Glass Plate

A Murano glass plate with copper aventurine, white zanfirico lattice filigree and purple ribbons. Made by Salviati.

Salviati Murano Zanfirico & Aventurine Pink/Blue Glass Plate

A Murano glass plate with copper aventurine, white zanfirico lattice filigree and blue & pink ribbons. Made by Salviati.

Salviati Murano Zanfirico & Aventurine Blue Glass Plate

A Murano glass plate with copper aventurine, white zanfirico lattice filigree and blue ribbons. Made by Salviati.

Salviati Murano Zanfirico & Aventurine Yellow Glass Plate

A Murano glass plate with copper aventurine, white zanfirico lattice filigree and pink & orange twisted ribbons. Made by Salviati.

Salviati Murano Zanfirico & Yellow & Orange Glass Plate

A Murano glass plate with copper aventurine, white and yellow zanfirico lattice filigree and pink & orange twisted ribbons. Made by Salviati.

Salviati Murano Zanfirico & Aventurine Pink Glass Plate

A Murano glass plate with copper aventurine, white zanfirico lattice filigree and pink twisted ribbons. Made by Salviati.

Salviati Murano Zanfirico & Aventurine Blue Glass Plate

A Murano glass plate with copper aventurine, white zanfirico lattice filigree, pink & orange and blue & white ribbons. Made by Salviati.

Salviati Murano Zanfirico & Aventurine Yellow Glass Finger Bowl

A Murano glass finger bowl with copper aventurine, and yellow & white zanfirico lattice filigree. Made by Salviati.

Salviati Murano Zanfirico & Aventurine Green Glass Finger Bowl

A Murano glass finger bowl with copper aventurine, white zanfirico lattice filigree and green twisted ribbons. Made by Salviati.

Salviati Murano Zanfirico & Aventurine Yellow & Pink Glass Finger Bowl

A Murano glass finger bowl with copper aventurine, yellow & white zanfirico lattice filigree, and pink ribbons. Made by Salviati.

Salviati Vintage Murano Zanfirico & Aventurine Glass Finger Bowl

A Murano glass finger bowl with copper aventurine, and white zanfirico lattice filigree. Made by Salviati.

Zanfirico Glass by Fratelli Toso

Fratelli Toso Murano Zanfirico Bizantino Style Clear Glass Bowl

A large clear glass bowl filled with Zanfirico lattice filigree, twisted ribbon canes, and copper aventurine. Made by Fratelli Toso.

Zanfirico Glass by AVEM

AVEM Murano Multicoloured Glass Zanfirico Filigree Vase

A multicoloured glass vase with zanfirico filigree, twisted ribbons and copper aventurine. Made by AVEM, pattern number 11897.

AVEM Murano Multicoloured Glass Zanfirico Filigree Bowl

A multicoloured glass bowl with zanfirico filigree, twisted ribbons and copper aventurine. Made by AVEM, pattern number 11891.

AVEM Murano Zanfirico & Copper Aventurine Glass Dish/Bowl

A green and white glass bowl with zanfirico filigree, twisted ribbons and copper aventurine. Made by AVEM, pattern number 11891.

AVEM Murano Zanfirico & Copper Aventurine Glass Dish/Bowl

A pink and white glass bowl with zanfirico filigree, twisted ribbons and copper aventurine. Made by AVEM, pattern number 11891.

AVEM Murano Blue & White Glass Zanfirico Posy Bowl / Vase

A blue and white glass bowl with zanfirico filigree, twisted ribbons and gold leaf. Made by AVEM, pattern number 11892.

A labelled example can be seen here.

AVEM? Murano Zanfirico Blue, Green & White Glass Cornucopia Shell Vase

A blue, green and white glass cornucopia shell shaped vase with zanfirico filigree, twisted ribbons and gold leaf. Possibly made by AVEM.

A similar example, apparently labelled, can be seen here.

Zanfirico Glass by Venini

Venini Murano Glass Zanfirico Fazzoletto Vase - Marked

A white and yellow Murano zanfirico glass fazzoletto (handkerchief) vase. Made by Venini, marked to base "Venini, Murano, Italia".

Zanfirico Glass by Others

Murano Zanfirico Red & White Glass Gold Leaf Courtier/Dancer Figurine

A white and red Murano zanfirico glass male courtier / dancer figurine with gold leaf inclusions. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano Glass Zanfirico Fazzoletto Handkerchief Vase

A white and blue Murano zanfirico glass fazzoletto (handkerchief) vase with copper aventurine. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano Glass Zanfirico Fazzoletto Handkerchief Vase

A white and blue Murano zanfirico glass fazzoletto (handkerchief) vase. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano White Zanfirico Filigree Glass Handkerchief Vase

A white zanfirico glass fazzoletto (handkerchief) vase. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano Glass Zanfirico Fazzoletto Handkerchief Vase

A white, green, blue, pink and yellow Murano zanfirico glass fazzoletto (handkerchief) vase with copper aventurine. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano Zanfirico Filigree Glass Handkerchief Vase

A white, green, blue and pink Murano zanfirico glass fazzoletto (handkerchief) vase. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano Glass Zanfirico Fazzoletto Handkerchief Vase

A white, turquoise, blue and pink Murano zanfirico glass fazzoletto (handkerchief) vase with copper aventurine. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano Zanfirico & Copper Aventurine Glass Dish/Bowl

A white, green, blue, pink and yellow Murano zanfirico glass vase or bowl with copper aventurine. Manufacturer unknown.

LABELLED L Nason Murano Zanfirico Filigree & Aventurine Glass Vase

A green, pink, yellow and white Murano zanfirico glass vase with applied clear handles and copper aventurine. By L Nason, labelled.

L Nason Murano Zanfirico Filigree Pink Glass Vase - Label

A white and pink Murano zanfirico glass vase with applied clear handles filled with gold leaf. By L Nason, labelled.

Murano Zanfirico Filigree Pink & White Venetian Glass Vase

A white and pink Murano zanfirico glass vase with applied clear handles. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano 1950's Zanfirico Filigree + Aventurine Glass Vase

A blue and yellow Murano zanfirico glass vase with copper aventurine. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano 1950's Zanfirico Lattice Filigree Glass Vase

A white and red Murano zanfirico glass vase with applied clear prunts filled with gold leaf inclusions. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano 1950's Zanfirico Lattice Filigree Glass Vase

A white and red Murano zanfirico glass vase with applied clear rim filled with gold leaf inclusions. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano Zanfirico Filigree Red & White Glass Tumbler / Vase

A white and red Murano zanfirico glass vase or tumbler. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano 1950's Zanfirico Lattice Filigree Glass Vase

A white and purple Murano zanfirico glass vase with applied clear handles. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano 1950's Zanfirico Lattice Filigree Glass Vase

A white and blue Murano zanfirico glass jug with applied clear handle and copper aventurine. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano Blue & White Glass Zanfirico Filigree Vase

A white and blue Murano zanfirico glass vase with applied clear handles and copper aventurine. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano 1950's Zanfirico Lattice Filigree Glass Vase

A white, green and blue Murano zanfirico glass vase with applied clear handles filled with gold leaf inclusions. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano Zanfirico & Copper Aventurine Glass Bowl / Vase

A white Murano zanfirico glass vase with applied clear handles and copper aventurine. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano 1950's Zanfirico Lattice Filigree Glass Vase

A white, green, yellow and blue Murano zanfirico glass vase with applied clear handles and copper aventurine. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano 1950's Zanfirico Lattice Filigree Glass Vase

A white, green, black and blue Murano zanfirico glass vase. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano Zanfirico Filigree Blue Ribbon Glass Plate / Dish

A white and blue Murano zanfirico glass plate / dish with copper aventurine. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano Vintage Zanfirico Blue & White Glass Filigree Plate

A white and blue Murano zanfirico glass plate / dish. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano Zanfirico & Copper Aventurine Glass Dish/Bowl

A white and pink Murano zanfirico glass leaf shaped bowl / dish with copper aventurine. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano Zanfirico & Copper Aventurine Glass Dish/Bowl

A white and pink Murano zanfirico glass leaf shaped bowl / dish with copper aventurine. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano Pink & White Zanfirico Filigree Glass Leaf Bowl

A white and pink Murano zanfirico glass leaf shaped bowl / dish. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano Zanfirico Pink, Orange & White Glass Aventurine Bowl

A white, orange and pink Murano zanfirico glass leaf shaped bowl / dish with copper aventurine. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano White Zanfirico & Red Filigree Glass Leaf Bowl

A white and red Murano zanfirico glass leaf shaped bowl / dish. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano Vintage Amber & White Glass Zanfirico Filigree Bowl/Ashtray

A white and amber Murano zanfirico glass leaf shaped ashtray bowl. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano 1950's Zanfirico Lattice Filigree Glass Bowl

A white and clear Murano zanfirico glass bowl / dish. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano 1950's Zanfirico Lattice Filigree Glass Bowl

A white and red Murano zanfirico glass bowl. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano Pink & White Glass Zanfirico Filigree Bowl

A white and pink Murano zanfirico glass circular bowl / dish. Label reads "A.Z. Italy, Venice, Murano".

Murano Brown & White Glass Zanfirico Filigree Bowl

A white and brown Murano zanfirico glass circular bowl. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano Zanfirico & Copper Aventurine Glass Dish/Bowl

A white and clear Murano zanfirico glass circular bowl / dish with copper aventurine. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano Blue & White Glass Zanfirico Filigree Bowl

A white and blue Murano zanfirico glass oval bowl with folded side. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano White Zanfirico & Pink Filigree Aventurine Glass Bowl

A white and pink Murano zanfirico glass square bowl / dish with copper aventurine. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano Zanfirico & Copper Aventurine Pink Glass Bowl

A white and pink Murano zanfirico glass square bowl / dish with copper aventurine, and clear base filled with gold leaf. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano Red & White Glass Zanfirico Filigree Bowl

A white and red Murano zanfirico glass square bowl / dish. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano 1950's Zanfirico Lattice Filigree Glass Bowl

A white, pink and blue Murano zanfirico glass triangular bowl / dish with copper aventurine. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano Blue & White Glass Zanfirico Filigree Bowl

A white and blue Murano zanfirico glass triangular bowl / dish. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano Blue & White Glass Zanfirico Filigree Bowl

A white and blue Murano zanfirico glass triangular bowl / dish. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano Blue & White Glass Zanfirico Filigree Bowl

A white and blue Murano zanfirico glass triangular bowl / dish. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano 1950's Zanfirico Lattice Filigree Red Glass Bowl

A white and red Murano zanfirico glass triangular bowl / dish. Manufacturer unknown.

Murano Red & White Glass Zanfirico Filigree Bowl

A white and red Murano zanfirico glass circular bowl / dish with gold leaf in the base. Has a Hans Geismar import label, which reads "Lido, HG, Venetian Art Glass".

Murano Green & White Glass Zanfirico Filigree Bowl

A white and green Murano zanfirico glass bowl / dish with gold leaf in the base and rim. Manufacturer unknown.


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