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There are various Murano Art Glass makers that bear the name 'Nason' and are probably all related. Three of these are, L.Nason, V.Nason and Nason & Moretti.


The company 'L.Nason' would appear to be an alliance between the graphic artist Lino Perone and Ermanno Nason (known for his sculptures, see below) sometime in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Not to be confused with the glass artist 'L.Nason'!

Ermanno Nason

Ermanno Nason worked on Murano for a total of forty years from 1953-1993.

Created avant-garde modernistic glass sculptures in the vein of Picasso, Henry Moore and other abstract artists.

Heavily influenced many current Murano glass artists, some of which are now famous in their own right.

Mazzega, I.V.R. — 1953-64
Cenedese & Figlio — 1964-72
For self — 1972-1993 (including L.Nason)

Book: I VETRI di ERMANNO NASON: The Glass Sculptures of Ermanno Nason
Examples: Murano Glass Gallery


V.Nason & C.

The company would appear to date from c.1967 when started by Vincenzo Nason as VNC, who is known to have trained at Venini, right up until c.2000 – it is believed they are no longer operating. Originally traded as VNC and Veritable Opaline until 1989, thereafter V.Nason & C.*

The 'Veritable Opaline' glass were often elegant, classically shaped vases. One feature that appears to predominate is the bases, which are milky white but when backlit show as amber.

Glass by V.Nason was known for using aventurine. This process involved rolling the molten glass into copper flakes and Nason commonly used 'black' glass. This glass also has a very light clear 'casing' so the copper would always appear to be on the surface, and the surface feels lightly textured.

V.Nason also produced a wide variety of animal sculptures, from which a variety of effects was often used; sommerso and pulegosa for example. These sculptures carried various labels with the prominent Nason logo; see Logos & Marks.

*Source: Miller's Glass Fact File A-Z, Ivo Haanstra

Typical V.Nason glass: copper aventurine on black glass


Nason & Moretti



Currently the black and aventurine vases can be purchased quite cheaply although as the company are no longer in business their collectability should increase in the years to come. Tomorrow's collectable, perhaps?

The glass animals do seem to be quite numerous, and while most are quite plain there are a few very impressive items that would grace any collection.

Occasionally you may find the odd item that is signed (engraved) on the base, but these are not particularly common.

L. Nason
The number of pieces produced by this company are considerably less than V.Nason, however, as the only identification appears to be paper-based labels (many being obliterated over the years) this could distort the perception of the actual number of pieces made.


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