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AV Mazzega Contemporary Lighting at Euroluce 2013 –
Andrea Mazzega talks about the history of the company.

Photo of the old factory on the Murano island, taken in October 2014

AV Mazzega - Old Factory


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AV Mazzega Glass Leaves Chandelier 


Materials: Metal (iron) chromed frame. 36 clear and amber/orange/brown crystal hand blown Murano glass leaves. Bakelite sockets.

Chain Length: 80 cm / 31.49”

Height: 50 cm / 19.68”

Width: ∅ 60 cm / 23.62”

Electricity: 12 bulbs E14, 12 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1960s, 1970s.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: AV Mazzega, Murano, Italy – attributed.

Other versions: Bigger and smaller versions, different colours, different leave forms. All these leaves were hand blown and therefore all unique with a little difference in height and width.

This chandelier is from the 60s or 70s, but these type of chandeliers were made for many years and is a typical product from Venice/Murano. Always said that it is a chandelier made by AV Mazzega, but several companies produced these type of lamps with glass leaves hanging on a metal frame, though the AV Mazzega company is most likely the maker. AV Mazzega produced numerous chandeliers with glass hanging in a metal frame.

Other companies that produced these type of lamps on the Murano island are, amongst others: Barovier & TosoAntichi Angeli, Mazzega (not to be confused with AV Mazzega) and many others. Chandeliers such as this one are always available on order.

AV Mazzega

AV Mazzega was founded in 1946 by Angelo Vittorio Mazzega. In 1950 his son Gianni Bruno Mazzega started working in the family’s glass factory. Gianni Bruno Mazzega is responsible for the creation of many beautiful lamps.

Today, under the watchful eye of Andrea Mazzega, grandson of Angelo Vittorio, the company works together with high-level international designers. Andrea is the president of the company since 2000. The company is renamed in Mazzega 1946; the year AV Mazzega was founded. 

Carlo Nason

The most famous designer that worked for the company is Carlo Nason. During the 1970s and 1980s he designed almost the complete collection for the company, so in all probability also this beautiful chandelier.

Born in Murano in 1935 Carlo Nason grew up in one of the oldest families of Murano glass makers where experts introduced him to the most refined techniques. He quickly started to collaborate with other glass workshops, with special attention for modern design and achieving a combination of technique and craftsmanship which characterizes all his projects.

Carlo has always shown an attitude for innovation without loosing his tradition.

Designers that worked for AV Mazzega – Mazzega 1946 are among others Christophe Pillet, Michele De Lucchi, Giovanni Barbato, Paolo Piva, Sam Baron, Gasmi Chafik, Oriano Favaretto and Riccardo Giovanetti.

Many thanks to Frank from for the photos and the enthusiasm.