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                Thank you for the question! I am looking at the bibliography of resources here on your subject and yes, it seems that the first  Veronese vase appeared in a painting in 1580 by a Italian Renaissance painter Paolo Veronese.

Italian Renaissance painter Paolo Veronese included an egg-shaped vase in his painting The Annunciation (painted in 1580).

I searched for the painting and found several results( this painting is called the Annunciation by Paolo Veronese and it has a vase in it)

As far as other artists the bibliography mentions them too:

Italian glass artist Vittorio Zecchin designed a similar vase for the firm V.S.M. Cappellin, Venini & Co., for which he was artistic director from 1921 to 1925.  The vase became the logo for the Venini workshop. 


The Corning Museum of Glass has two examples: accession number 74.3.72.  It is transparent amethyst glass, described as having a pear-shaped body and a molded stem.  The height is 26.8 cm; maximum diameter is 14.7 cm.

And this one by James Mongrain Overall H: 29.3 cm, Diam: 15.8 cm

An online auction catalog (von-Zezschwitz, for an auction Glas aus Murano (December 12, 2003), shows a Zecchin vase, with a notation that it is number of an edition of 1999 made in 2000.  In 2007, the Rakow Library did not own this catalog.  It is possible that other auction catalogs with Venetian/Murano glass would include additional examples, but is it is the responsibility of the researcher to look through such catalogs.


Other artists have made Veronese vases, including James Mongrain (US artist, born 1968); a search of the Internet will yield examples by additional firms and artists.


According to the Spanu collection catalog, the vase was exhibited at:

1923 Monza, 1st Esposizione Internaitnale delle Arti Decorative

1924 Venice, 14th Biennale Internazionale d’Arte (possibly); Il Vetro di Murano alle biennali 1895-1972,  p. 243, says that at the 1924 Biennale, Zecchin’s ware shown included “vase in vetro soffiato”, and that might have included the Veronese vase


As far as the measurements, it seems that they must be based on the painting. Although, each artist may have come up with they're own as they were produced in various sizes. The first photo I attached by Zecchini is 25 Cm in height. I have seen another by Zecchin that was 37 cm in height.

The 25 cm high but it does not have any other measurements. Perhaps you could get an idea from the picture and the height?

To me it looks like  the majority of length is in the body with a short neck and lip, where the base at least twice if not three times that of the neck and lip.

I have also attached another picture of a Veronese vase designed by Zecchin for Venini.

The second attachment is the 25 Cm Height vase so maybe if you blow the picture up so it was full size?


I know the museum item has the diameter, but not the lip and base measurements:


You could also ask at the studio here and see if the experienced glass blowers there had any advice? I am not a glassmaker so my opinion is limited to what I can judge from the materials.


Thank you again,