Vetreria Artistica Sanminiatello (Italy) Tall 12.5" Empoli Cased Glass Pitcher

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Empoli, as a municipality itself, is approx 30kms (45 mins) slightly south-west of Florence, in the region of Tuscany, Italy. It’s the somewhat forgotten region of the country when it comes to glass manufacturing, behind the well-known Murano or Venetian glass.

Glass making in the Empoli region of Italy actually has a history which dates to the 1500s, when local glass production was known as ‘verde’ (Italian for green). The traditional verde glass was created for a number of both functional and decorative pieces during its time.

However, during the peak post-war period, decorative items produced in Empoli and the surrounding region were manufactured at an all-time high, bound for western international markets. Across the peak of the 1950s through the early 1970s, decorative decanters, vessels, vases and the like were exported and sold at various department stores in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, etc.

Catalogues for department stores and home styling magazines of the era can be found today online showcasing decorative Italian decanters and vases, for the most part originating from the Empoli region.


A spectacular find! A cased glass pitcher, in a pattern sometimes referred to as 'tiger glass'. This particular piece was produced by manufacturer Vetreria Artistica Sanminiatello (also known as V.A.S.) who were based just outside of Empoli, in Monteluppo.

Model Pitcher
Production 1960s

Dimensions 31.5cm (12.5") tall, 17.5cm diameter (at its widest point)

Condition Excellent vintage condition, with no wear that we can see.

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