Venetian Glasses

The Carla Nasci and Ferruccio Franzoia Collection

  • Edited by Tiziana Casagrande, Ferruccio Franzoia
  • Binding Hardcover
  • Size 28 x 28 cm
  • Pages 552
  • Illustrations 670
  • Language English
  • Year 2021
  • ISBN 9788836648399
  • Price € 49,00  € 46,55
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The volume presents the surprising collection of Venetian glass donated by spouses Carla Nasci and Ferruccio Franzoia to the Carlo Rizzarda Modern Art Gallery in Feltre. A collection of over 800 pieces ranging from the eighteenth century to today allows to marvel, in particular, at the Murano production and its great glassmakers.
A first nucleus includes the elegant Liberty and Déco glasses produced by Vetri Soffiati Muranesi Cappellin Venini & C. in the twenties: the artistic director of the company was Vittorio Zecchin, one of the most fascinating personalities working in Venice between the First World War and the decade later, who with his elegant, transparent blown glass inspired by the Renaissance, marked a decisive turning point in contemporary Murano production.
A second group is represented by the artifacts produced between 1925 and 1960 referable to the figure of Carlo Scarpa, creator of highly successful, innovative glass shapes and fabrics, who collaborated respectively with the Cappellini company since 1926 and with Venini since 1932, together with a mix of products from other companies and authors active in the lagoon.
The third type of documented artifacts is that of table glasses: consumer objects destined for ephemeral use and therefore an important testimony of taste and customs.


Feltre, Theater of the Arts
Alessandro Del Bianco, Paolo Perenzin

Reflections, Transparencies, and Harmonies in the Rizzarda Collection
Tiziana Casagrande

Evocations of the Antique in the Art Glass of the Nasci-Franzoia Collection
Rosa Barovier Mentasti

Venetian Glass at the Italian Expositions of Decorative Arts of the Twentieth Century
Mariateresa Chirico

Vittorio Zecchin from Art Nouveau to Art Deco
Marino Barovier

Textual Journeys, or toward the Rediscovery of Beauty
J. K. Mauro Pierconti

Franz – A Dialogue in Six Acts
Lucio Valerio Barbera

The Origins of the Collection
Marco Arosio

Casteldardo – Fading Out
Antonio Foscari

Technical Sheets
edited by Ferruccio Franzoia

Note to the Reader
Room 1: Vittorio Zecchin and his reference glassworks
Room 2: Carlo Scarpa, Venini’s artists – Other glassworks and designers
Room 3: Tableware
Not on display

Glassmaking companies